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Vt. advises 5 households to leave homes
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) -- The Vermont Health Department has advised several people in the Rutland area to leave their homes within a week because of high pesticide levels used to treat bedbugs.
The state suspended the license of Cary Buck of AAA Accredited Pest Control in North Clarendon, who's accused of spraying homes with the pesticide chlorpyrifos, which has been banned from indoor use since 2001.
Vermont Health Commissioner Harry Chen tells the Burlington Free Press that the state is testing 50 or more households that were treated for bedbugs by the company. He says so far, five homes have tested positive for chlorpyrifos.
The Environmental Protection Agency says high levels of exposure can cause dizziness, nausea and confusion. Buck says he hasn't used the pesticide since it was banned for indoor use.