The idea of sleeping in a hotel that is infested with bedbugs — or worse, having your own bed at home infected — is beyond creepy and crawly. But a new report points to a new cause of concern when it comes to bedbugs: the products you use to kill them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently released study results on the side effects of using bedbug insecticides in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. According to the report, in the last three years, one person has died and 80 illnesses have been linked to bedbug insecticides. The most common side effects included headaches, dizziness, breathing problems, nausea and vomiting.
This was the first study to look at the side effects of bedbug insecticides, and it examined data from seven states: California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, Texas and Washington. Most of the cases were reported in New York City.
Researchers are quick to point out that most bedbug insecticides are not a health risk, but that they should be applied by a trained professional. Most cases reported in the study — some of which could be coincidental and due to other underlying health issues — were do-it-yourselfers who either used the wrong product or misused the chemicals.