Bedbugs beware: EPA weaves web(site) on how to kill you

Consumers can search database to find registered treatment products for infestations

The Environmental Protection Agency offers a new online search tool to help consumers identify the right pesticide to kill bedbugs.

EPA introduced the new search tool on its website on Oct. 6. It allows consumers to search a database of more than 300 products registered and approved by the agency for wiping out the pests.

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Users can search by type of active ingredient, product name or the scope of infestation. A general search for “mattress” infestations created a list of more than 200 products.

“This new database will help Americans select a safe, EPA-approved pesticide to help rid their home of bedbugs,” Steve Owens, assistant administrator for EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, said in a news release.

The site also has advice on ensuring treatment is effective and safe, including practical steps such as reducing clutter, covering mattresses and vacuuming.

Bedbug eradication really isn't a do-it-yourself project, though, and the EPA site recognizes this. It cautions consumers to employ professional exterminators and to never to use products inside their homes that are meant for outdoor use.


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Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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Reader Comments

Mon, Nov 1, 2010 Pacific Nortwest

I like the idea of a central location for solutions to a problem. Unfortunately this EPA site is not one of them. There are major problems with the information on this site ... just about all the experts in the "bed-bug" arena tell people to avoid using this site, mainly due to: (1)EPA does not take the effectiveness of the pesticide into account ... one in particular, pyrethrins and pyrethoids. They simply don't work and actually can make the situation worse (2) The site is poorly designed ... apparently EPA didn't it with the target audience in mind (3) And, in the act of trying to centralize information, the EPA is actually giving out bad information. There are so many esperts currently working on this issue, it's a shame the EPA doesn't collaborate with these experts.

Fri, Oct 8, 2010 VIcky VA Midwest Healthcare Network

I believe there is also a search site to identify hotels where bedbugs have been reported for those who travel a lot for there jobs. Could that be included?

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