Newark Company Fined for Misuse of Chemicals to Fight Bed Bugs

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    New Jersey's Department of Environmental Protection has fined a Newark company $860,000 for using hazardous pesticides to combat bed bugs.

    The penalty against TVF Pest Control was announced Monday. The company can file a request for a hearing within 35 days.

    A DEP investigation found that TVF used two chemicals that aren't approved for indoor use and can cause headaches, nausea, dizziness, muscle twitching and vomiting.

    The DEP also says the company falsified documents to hide its use of the chemicals.

    The spraying was done mostly in Essex, Hudson and Union counties in the first six months of last year.

    An after-hours message left at the company's offices was not returned Monday.