"Bed Bug Pesticides Make Some People Ill"

"Bed bugs might make you itch, but the chemicals used to combat the pests are making some people ill.

As more people in the United States are feeling the bed bug's bite, there has been a spike in illnesses from pesticides used to kill the insects, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC.L reported on Thursday.

From 2003 to 2010, 111 people were sickened and one died from bed bug insecticide, the government agency reported in a study that is the first of its kind in the country.

Nearly three quarters of the illnesses occurred from 2008 to 2010 as the bed bug population in the United States increased."

David Beasley reports for Reuters September 23, 2011.


"Bedbug Pesticides in Excess Hurt People, Too" (City Room/New York Times)

"With Bed Bugs, the Cure May Be Worse Than the Disease" (Healthland/TIME)

Source: Reuters, 09/23/2011