Drastic Steps to Kill Bedbugs

By WBNG News

Drastic Steps to Kill Bedbugs

August 31, 2010 Updated Aug 31, 2010 at 5:11 AM EDT

An irritating insect is rearing its ugly head across the country.

Bedbugs are cropping up all over, and people are taking drastic steps to rid their homes of the pest.

The bedbug problem is at its worst levels in more than 50 years, and the critters are becoming resistant to pesticides. It's leading homeowners and exterminators to use harsher chemicals that could harm people as much as the pests.

Many of the chemicals are intended for outdoor use, and when used indoors can damage the central nervous system, irritate skin and eyes, or cause cancer.

Ohio has asked the EPA to allow indoor use of a pesticide called propoxur. The EPA believes it's a a probable carcinogen. It banned the chemical for in-home use in 2007 because it posed a risk of nausea, dizziness and blurred vision in children.

25 other states are supporting Ohio's request to allow the pesticide indoors.

Bedbugs commonly hide out in furniture, and produce numerous red, itchy bites that can become infected.

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