Battling The Bedbug Epidemic | March 7, 2011 Issue - Vol. 89 Issue 10 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 89 Issue 10 | pp. 13-18
Issue Date: March 7, 2011

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Battling The Bedbug Epidemic

Chemical controls, government action, and personal vigilance are all required to tame the outbreak
Department: Science & Technology, Government & Policy
Keywords: bedbugs, epidemic, outbreak
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Bedbugs and their larvae are shown in a favorite hiding place, the piping of an infested mattress.
Credit: Ohio State U Entomology Department
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Bedbugs and their larvae are shown in a favorite hiding place, the piping of an infested mattress.
Credit: Ohio State U Entomology Department

Bedbugs, an ancient scourge of humanity, have returned to become a national nightmare. Their stunning worldwide resurgence, public health experts say, is creating a wake of human misery, financial wreckage, and toxic hazards that few wish to contemplate given the level of disgust most people have for the topic.

In acknowledgment of the growing epidemic, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention