Lawmakers Push For Propoxur Use Against Bedbugs
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
CINCINNATI -- Two local lawmakers are asking the Environmental
Protection Agency to approve use of an old pesticide against
U.S. Rep. Jean Schmidt and Ohio Rep. Dale Mallory held a news
conference Tuesday to ask the EPA to approve Propoxur's use against
Propoxur, developed in 1959, is known for its fast action in
killing pests as well as fairly long suppression period.
But the EPA has said it has concerns about the long-term effects
on children who may be exposed to the pesticide after its been
sprayed. It's been banned from public use since 2007.
Schmidt said the current solutions some people use to deal with
infestations aren't viable either.
"Unfortunately, the situation that we have today forces people
to do extreme measures. People go to Home Depot or farm supply
stores and buy the strongest generic pesticide mix they sell and
apply it themselves to the point of saturation with little
knowledge of the dangers to them and their family," she said.
The agency said it might consider approving use of the pesticide
in areas where children won't be present.