Ohio Entomologist Says Feds Should Allow Propoxur

Susan Jones, an entomologist at Ohio State University, told members of the Ohio House of Representatives Health and Aging Committee that there was a "critical need" for federal permission to use propoxur, an effective but unregistered pesticide, in the fight against bed bugs.

The decades-old pesticide hasn't been banned, but it no longer is approved for home use because manufacturers allowed its registration to lapse after years of low sales.

Now there is a huge demand, and experts say propoxur is by far the best weapon for fighting what has become a bedbug epidemic. The EPA, however, has so far refused to allow emergency use or to loosen what Jones and others say are impossibly high exposure standards for re-registration. Read the full article