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Vermont advises five Rutland area households to leave homes due to pesticide levels

RUTLAND (AP) _ On July 14, the Vermont Health Department 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 says 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 denies using the pesticide since it was banned for indoor use.