September 21, 2014

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State panel urges feds to OK weapon against bedbugs

COLUMBUS — Ohio lawmakers concerned about the state’s growing bedbug problem are calling on federal regulators to allow expanded use of an industrial-strength pesticide.

The Ohio House Health Committee on Wednesday gave its unanimous approval to a resolution urging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to let the state use propoxur to battle bedbugs in homes.

The panel’s vote came at a hearing where an Ohio State University bedbug expert testified that the bloodsucking pests have become “a virtual epidemic” in Ohio.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the resolution won’t have any legal effect but supporters hope it will send a message.

Federal officials consider propoxur a likely cancer-causer.

A recent state survey found 92 percent of Ohio’s local health agencies have received bedbug reports.