In September 2011, the CDC released a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of interest to anyone with bed bugs, or that fears bed bugs:Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs. September 23, 2011. 60(37);1269-1274Since not everyone thinks reading a 10-page technical CDC report is a fun dinnertime activity, here is a summary. The CDC analyzed data from what’s called the SENSOR system -– state public health folks and poison control offices report certain categories of injuries and occupational hazards to a national database.There is a clear increasing trend of reports of “acute illnesses” related to bed bug control over time. Over 50% of the injuries happened in the 2008-2010 time period, which nicely parallels the way both cases of bed bugs and media coverage of bed bugs have increased.The good news: only 111 case reports involved pesticide injuries or poisoning while trying to control bed bugs; and there was only one fatality in the 8-year period studied. That is also the bad news. Those numbers are a major underestimate.
sorry I haven't been on line for awhile: internet off and on (with local brownouts) and then my laptop died.
Now my laptop is fixed (for now) and my tablet battery died. Sigh.