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Sulfuryl fluoride: Florida boy hospitalized after termite fumigation at family’s home

Source: CBS 12-TV (Palm City, Fla.) | September 4th, 2015 | By Cory Pippin
Location: United States, Florida
Industry type: Pesticides

PALM CITY, Fla. – The family of a 9-year-old boy plans to sue a pest control company.

The family believes Terminix is to blame for an illness that sent 9-year-old Peyton McCaughey to the hospital.

Bill Williams, the family attorney, says after the fumigation several weeks ago, the family returned to their home. Within hours, they all became sick, according to Williams. But all recovered except Peyton who began suffering seizure-like symptoms.

Peyton is now being treated at a hospital in Miami for a traumatic brain injury.

Williams says the family plans to file a lawsuit against Terminix and the subcontractor.

An expert with pest control told CBS12 that fumigators set up tents and use the chemical sulfuryl fluoride, to rid home of insects.

He says crews typically use a device called an interscan which can detect any trace of sulfuryl fluoride throughout the home and remove it before a family is let back inside.

CBS12 reporter Cory Pippin reached out to Terminix to get that side of the story. So far, the company has not returned our call.

See fuller report as broadcast on CBS 12