Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

What NOT to do with bed bugs

Thursday - Sep 22, 2011

Acute Illnesses Associated With Insecticides Used to Control Bed Bugs --- Seven States, 2003--2010

The common bed bug, Cimex lectularius, is a wingless, reddish-brown insect that requires blood meals from humans, other mammals, or birds to survive (1). Bed bugs are not considered to be disease vectors (2,3), but they can reduce quality of life by causing anxiety, discomfort, and sleeplessness (4). Bed bug populations and infestations are increasing in the United States and internationally (3,5). Bed bug infestations often are treated with insecticides, but insecticide resistance is a problem, and excessive use of insecticides or use of insecticides contrary to label directions can raise the potential for human toxicity.

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