Chemical propoxur the answer for bedbugs?
Thursday, April 7, 2011
HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - This week, the Ohio House Health
Committee approved a resolution urging the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency to let the state use the chemical propoxur
to fight bedbugs in homes.
But according to some health officials, that chemical may be
dangerous and could cause cancer.
"It is in fact an epidemic, they're everywhere," said Jesse
VonStein, owner of VonStein & Co. "I don't see them going away
any time soon."
Vonstein said he gets dozens of calls into his office
from people reporting bed bugs. He said there are a lot of chemical
products out there to fight bed bugs, including propoxur. But is
that the answer?
"This is not a band aid, you can't put a band aid on it and say,
'ok we're good,'" said VonStein. "It just doesn't work that
He said there are many chemicals that work well, but there
is much more to fighting bed bugs. Families must monitor box
springs, mattresses and couches at their home.
"We look for them a lot especially if the kids go somewhere
overnight or if we're out for a weekend or something," said Chris
Shehy, parent of three. "We live in an apartment and with people
coming in and out of apartments, we just look for them the best we
Shehy said he's not leery about using chemicals for health
reasons but hasn't used them because of their expense.
"You do the sprays and all of the other bedbug type of products
out there and you have to get rid of clothing and it cost
especially in an economy like it is right now," said Shehy.
According to the Associated Press, a recent survey found 92
percent of Ohio's local health agencies have received bed bug