Beware of the exterminator, or at least what the exterminator is spreading
around your house. Two members of a family in Utah died after rat poison
was sprayed around their house. Rebecca Kay Toone, 4 years old, and 15-month-old
Rachel Ana Toone had higher than normal phosphorus levels in their systems
upon death. The rat poison in question, Fumitoxin, may have let off phosphine vapors.
The Toone family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the pest control
company, Bugman Pest and Lawn, as well as the exterminator who fumigated
the property. The lawsuit was filed in March of 2011 and settled in December
2011. The suit contended that the Fumitoxin pellets were not used according
to the product instructions. In October the fumigator and Bugman both
pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a registered pesticide in U.S. District Court.
Soon after the deaths of the Toone girls, the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency banned the residential use of Fumitoxin.
Pest control and toxins go hand in hand. Do your homework if you plan to
hire a fumigator!
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