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Bedbugs: Fear may be worse than their bite

September 26, 2011
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CHICAGO — Bedbug bites are typically uncomfortable, even painful, but they rarely result in serious illness; however, a growing health problem is the use of pesticides to eradicate bedbugs, according to a press release.

This is the conclusion of some public health officials, according to a report issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the release stated.

According to the release, in the past eight years, the overuse and misuse of pesticides against bedbugs has sickened no less than 111 people and killed at least one.

"Many of these poisonings are the result of excessive use or misuse of pesticides," said Michael Schaffer, president of Tornado Industries and author of the published White Paper, "Effective Treatment of Bedbug Infestations," based on the subject.

"But, it also tells us many people are still unaware of safer ways to eradicate bedbugs, eliminating or at least reducing the use of pesticides," Schaffer added.

Click here to read the complete release.

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