Lawmakers Agree Pesticide Needed In Bedbug Fight
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lawmakers
unanimously passed a resolution calling for the emergency use of an
industrial-strength pesticide to deal with bedbugs.
The Ohio House of Representatives voted on the resolution
sponsored by State Rep. Dale Mallory, a Cincinnati Democrat, urging
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to let the state use
Propoxur to battle bedbugs in homes.
"An emergency exemption for the use of Propoxur to control
bedbugs is warranted because of the prevalence of control failures
with other existing labeled insecticides in Ohio," Mallory
Federal officials believe Propoxur causes cancer, but supporters
of its use say that bedbugs have not developed a resistance to the
pesticide, which is used for some agricultural and other uses.
Bedbugs are parasites that feed on the blood of humans or other
warm-blooded animals, and a recent state survey found 92 percent of
Ohio's local health agencies have received bedbug reports.
The resolution next goes to the Ohio Senate for