Medical briefs for Dec. 8

FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: December 9, 2012
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Bedbug

pesticides can pose dangers

Growing concern about the misuse of pesticides to treat bedbug infestations has prompted a warning from the Oklahoma Poison Control Center. The organization warns consumers to carefully read the labels of all pesticides before use. All pesticides, even those approved for indoor use, can cause harm if the instructions are not followed properly, according to the poison control center. Bedbug infestations can safely be treated by using a variety of methods, including inspection to ensure treatment of the right pest, monitoring of the infestation, reducing clutter, using physical barriers such as mattress covers, and careful application of pesticides if needed. It's important to not use pesticides intended for outdoor use inside the house. Pesticides intended to be used outdoors that are used indoors can cause harm to humans, contaminate your home and cause costly damage.

From Staff Reports