Pesticide overapplication in bed bug treatment injures kidney

June 25, 2013

We often warn our readers that do it yourself (DIY) bed bug treatment is not the best option for most people, for a variety of reasons, and suggest people do a lot of reading from trusted sources first, if they decide they really must do their own treatment for bed bugs. The most important reading, […]

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Did DIY pesticide treatment lead to death?

May 31, 2010

Bed bug treatment is expensive and many people feel forced by necessity to do their own bed bug treatments for this reason. We generally advise against DIY bed bug treatment because bed bugs are difficult to treat and because misapplying or overapplying pesticides can make bed bugs worse and/or cause health problems, and even death. […]

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Ohio’s EPA emergency exemption request for Propoxur

January 13, 2010

The Ohio Department of Agriculture has asked the EPA for a public health exemption which would allow it to use the carbamate insecticide propoxur to treat bed bugs (with a 14-day retreatment period). (We mentioned this back in November. And New York vs. Bed Bugs discusses how Section 18 exemption requests work here.) Propoxur is […]

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New pyrethroid-resistance study of New York City bed bugs

January 14, 2009

The web is buzzing about a new pyrethroid-resistance study of New York City bed bugs by researchers at the University of Massachusetts and Seoul National University. Pyrethroid-resistance is just one reason it is often so hard to get rid of bed bugs. Two of the many articles picking up on the study’s results included this […]

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On getting better pesticides for killing bed bugs (no, DDT is not one of them)

January 7, 2009

I was poking around some historical items, for reasons which will soon become revealed to you, dear readers, when I found an interesting document from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation which outlines the history of DDT in Canada, the US (the three countries represented on the CEC) until 1997.  Click here to load a PDF […]

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Mark Sheperdigian on what consumers should know about bed bugs; also, neonicotinoids, and why bed bugs came back

January 6, 2009

Pest Management Professional’s articles are often so good, but in the past, you had to know to look for them. (Thank goodness they added an RSS feed so we can subscribe.) Mark Sheperdigian brings the bed bug information in three “new to us” articles: the first is on what consumers need to know about bed […]

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PCTOnline on its bed bug seminar last week

August 14, 2007

PCTOnline has an interesting article on the bed bug seminar it held in NYC last week. We previously posted about Sarah Ferguson’s take. But this article gives you the PCO’s angle, and more detail. For example, the warning from Dr. Michael Potter resounds even louder (and scarier) with more detail: “If there is a classic […]

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