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Before World War II, and by the end of it, bed bugs in New York were a common pest in United States. The use of the synthetic pesticide DDT during the 1940s and 1950s helped rid the bugs to a great extent, almost completely wiping them out. By 1972, because of claims of cancer-causing agents in DDT, it was banned for agricultural use worldwide under the Stockholm Convention. In other expanses of the world, including Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe, bed bugs in New York still thrive.
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