Ohio has found out the hard way that even bedbugs can’t budge the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Four Ohio cities are on a recent exterminator’s list of the top 15 U.S. cities most affected by painful bedbugs.
Bedbugs began making a resurgence in the United States after Congress passed a major pesticides law in 1996. Among the substances banned for residential use is Propoxur, the pesticide Ohio officials believe can help control the growing bedbug problem.
While studies have shown Propoxur is highly effective in killing the bugs, the EPA will not allow its use in homes. The agency cites possible dangers to children if Propoxur is overused or applied improperly.
Ohio has requested a temporary waiver on the use of Propoxur, because more Ohioans are putting themselves at risk when they try to use other dangerous chemicals to rid their homes of bedbugs.
In a letter to Ted Strickland, Ohio governor, this past summer, Lisa Perez Jackson, EPA administrator, admitted the agency has yet to find anything else to kill bedbugs, “As of this writing, an immediate solution has not been identified; however, we are continuing to engage the industry.”
For what? If the EPA can’t do its job, then give the states a chance.
Ohio needs help now, and that help should include being able to responsibly administer Propoxur to control the Buckeye State’s growing bedbug problem.–The (Lorain)