Fear of Bedbugs Can Be More Dangerous Than Actual Bedbugs

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While we wouldn't blame anyone for assuming bedbugs carry disease, it turns out that they are not, in fact, known to cause any physical illnesses. (Mental ones are a different story.) The same cannot be said of the chemicals used to combat them: According to the Center for Disease Control, 64 New Yorkers have gotten sick as a result of overusing or misusing products intended to prevent or kill bedbugs. Of course, we're not advocating surrender — never! — but be sure to read the directions on that can of pesticide, lest we allow the vermin to use our own weapons against us. [NYT]