When we noticed the talk about the active consideration by EPA of Section 18 emergency exemptions for bed bugs, it wasn’t clear which pesticides were being discussed.
The Columbus Dispatch reported today that Ohio is in a position to get propoxur for bed bugs.
The story about today’s Central Ohio Bed Bug Summit has Matt Beal of the Ohio Department of Agriculture citing University of Kentucky trials:
In tests at the University of Kentucky, the chemical killed 100 percent of the bedbugs exposed to it within 24 hours and kept on killing after eggs hatched, Beal said. That compared with a 16 percent kill rate after 72 hours for a commonly used household insecticide against one strain found in Cincinnati, and 40 percent in another strain.
The stakes are high as we all know. “Overwhelmed” and “bleak” are the words from Paul Wenning and Susan Jones.
Will this happen?
Getting the U.S. EPA to sign off will be a high hurdle, Beal said.
I’m curious to know what you make of this.