Oulhote Comments on "Bug Bomb" Research Study

UMass Amherst Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Youssef Oulhote

Youssef Oulhote

February 25, 2019

Coverage of new research from North Carolina State University that found total-release foggers, commonly known as “bug bombs,” are ineffective at killing insects and may pose harm to humans, quotes Youssef Oulhote, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. Oulhote’s research concluded that synthetic pyrethroids, the main ingredient in bug bombs, are closely linked to behavioral problems in children. 

Oulhote said it wasn’t surprising that a chemical designed to attack the central nervous system of insects could have a similar effect on humans. He said it’s troubling to see new data that confirms pyrethroids can persist in the environment for weeks without breaking down.

“Just because they’re less toxic doesn’t mean they are safe,” he said.

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