Fear of Bedbugs Can Be More Dangerous Than Actual Bedbugs


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]