Bug Bombs Are Duds at Killing Insects Yet May Pose Harm to People, Study Finds - FairWarning %
Previous studies have shown that the aerosol devices — which douse a room with a fine mist of insecticides and are more formally known as total-release foggers – don’t penetrate crevices and cracks where bugs can thrive. The new study revealed an additional problem: bug bombs deposit significant amounts of insecticide where humans are likely to come into contact with it, such as on tabletops, kitchen counters and floors.
“To put people at risk, you have to have some justification for it,” DeVries said. If bug bombs efficiently wiped out cockroaches while exposing humans to small amounts of pesticide, he said, their use might be justifiable. But, he continued, “at the end of this study, there was no positive that came out of it.”
Federal figures indicate that about 50 million Americans used total-release foggers in 2010. Over the last two decades, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 3,688 cases of consumers who were sickened after accidentally exposing themselves to bug bombs. The CDC also documented several deaths, but most incidents involved non-fatal and temporary symptoms, including coughing, difficulty breathing, vomiting, nausea and abdominal pain.