It seems getting rid of bed bugs could be worse for your health than just letting them bite you. The CDC says 111 people in seven states (including New York) got sick after using bed bug-related pesticides between 2003 and 2010. One person even died from the poisoning. It says one of the most common reasons was people were using too much pesticide to fight the bugs. Bed bugs themselves won't make you sick, but they can be a big nuisance.
New York has the most cases of poisonings from bed bugs than any other state according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.