Bedbugs: Fear May Be Worse Than Their Bite
October 3, 2011
Chicago, IL – September 26, 2011 - Bedbug bites are typically uncomfortable,
even painful, but they rarely result in serious illness. However, what
appears to be a growing health problem is the use of pesticides to eradicate
is the conclusion of some public health officials, according to a report
released by the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
to the CDC report, in the past eight years the overuse and misuse of pesticides
against bedbugs have sickened at least 111 people and killed at least one.
Gray of Rocky Mount, NC, serves as an extreme example.
continued bedbug bites, she saturated her home with common household
pesticides. Then, Ms. Gray soaked napkins with pesticides and applied
them directly to her hair and body.
a few days she was taken ill, hospitalized, and died.
most reported poisoning incidents as a result of attempts to kill bedbugs have
caused a range of ailments, from mild to severe respiratory problems, nausea,
of these poisonings are the result of excessive use or misuse of pesticides,”
says Michael Schaffer, president of Tornado
Industries and author of the published White Paper, Effective
Treatment of Bedbug Infestations, based on the subject.
it also tells us many people are still unaware of safer ways to eradicate
bedbugs, eliminating or at least reducing the use of pesticides.”
is referring to the use of professional-grade steam cleaners that produce steam
up to approximately 250°F, a temperature at which bedbugs and their eggs are
use of professional-grade steam cleaners can significantly help reduce toxicity
levels associated with fighting bed bug infestations,” adds Schaffer. “[And
can] play a critical role in integrated pest management programs, serving to
significantly lower the amount of pesticide used.”
Industries has been engineering quality cleaning equipment for more than 80
years. The company has a long history of developing innovative products and
applying the latest technology to increase productivity, reduce costs, and
improve safety. Tornado prides itself on always being on the cutting edge of