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EPA creates pesticide database for bedbugs

Thursday, October 7, 2010 | 7:18 a.m. CDT; updated 10:49 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 7, 2010

KANSAS CITY — Federal environmental officials have created a pesticide database for people battling bedbugs.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says the database will list all pesticides registered to combat the bugs and is designed to help people find a safe and effective pesticide. There are more than 300 different products registered by the EPA for bedbugs.

There has been a resurgence of bedbugs across the country, infesting homes on a scale not seen for more than 50 years. The bugs are not known to transmit any diseases,  but their bites can cause infections and allergic reactions in some people.

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