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Vector Control / Integrated Pest Management

Biology and Control of Insects and Rodents – preconference workshop recorded in 2007 and 2008 includes lecture and discussion on integrated pest management, vectorborne diseases, effective pest control methods, and vectorborne diseases as possible bioterror agents. This is a free CDC-sponsored online course available through the National Environmental Health Association.

Biology and Control of Vectors and Public Health Pests: The Importance of Integrated Pest Management – updated free CDC-sponsored online course includes sessions on the identification and management of bed bugs, along with an extensive discussion on rodents and other pest management approaches

Control of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Other Tickborne Diseases through Integrated Pest Management – free CDC-sponsored online course available through the National Environmental Health Association provides strong foundational knowledge for the control of Rocky Mountain spotted fever and other tickborne diseases through the science of integrated pest management including effective animal control

Evaluation of a Neighborhood Rat-Management Program — New York City, December 2007–August 2009. MMWR – report describes how neighborhood inspections, prompt communication with owners, publication of findings, and fines for noncompliance reduced the prevalence and severity of rat infestations

Healthy Housing Reference Manual – revision provides information on the impact of housing on health and safety and includes a chapter on disease vectors and pests

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) – information on the components of integrated pest management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management: Conducting Urban Rodent Survey [PDF - 627 KB] – update of the 1974 CDC Urban Rat Surveys manual includes information about integrated pest management (IPM)

Mosquitoes and You: West Nile Virus Training for Elementary School Students (Volusia County Health Department, Florida) – multimedia training program with age-appropriate games, videos, and workbooks K-2 [PDF - 1 MB]; 3-5 [PDF - 1.5 MB] and includes a teacher's manual [PDF - 801 KB]. This program was developed in collaboration with the Volusia County [Florida] Health Department. To order the training CD use the Mosquitoes and You! Order Form [PDF – 51 KB].

Pictorial Keys to Arthropods, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals of Public Health Significance – pictorial keys used to teach animal identification to personnel (sanitarians, engineers, physicians, veterinarians, etc.) without special training in taxonomy

Rodent Control After a Disaster – fact sheet containing recommendations to reduce the risk for disease or personal injury associated with rodents after a disaster

Rodents – links to information about rodents

Stormwater Management and Vector Breeding Habits [PDF - 221 KB] – fact sheet about stormwater-runoff management

Vector Control – This section from Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners provides information and technical assistance on vector control for preventing disease and protecting public health.

Vector Control Fact Sheet [PDF - 261 KB] – Fact sheet from National Association of Local Boards of Health (NALBOH) Local Board of Health Environmental Health Primer.

West Nile Virus – links to information about West Nile virus

What Is Integrated Pest Management? [PDF - 305 KB] – fact sheet defines the five components of integrated pest management (IPM)

Where Have All the Vector Control Programs Gone? (Part One) [PDF - 251 KB] – information about the importance of vector control programs. This is one in a series of monthly Environmental Health Services Branch columns in the Journal of Environmental Health

Where Have All the Vector Control Programs Gone? (Part Two) [PDF - 203 KB] – part two of this journal article about the importance of vector control programs. This is one in a series of monthly Environmental Health Services Branch columns in the Journal of Environmental Health

Reports by Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute Graduates

We have many IPM/vector control reports that were prepared by graduates of CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For these reports and others, search the EPHLI fellow projects page.

Links to Information from outside CDC

Bed Bug Information (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – information about preventing, identifying, and treating bed bug infestations.

Before the Swarm: Guidelines for the Emergency Management of Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaks (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) – analysis and recommendations for countering the threat of mosquito-borne disease outbreaks: plan ahead, involve others, use the best science and data, inform the public, and responding to a mosquito-borne epidemic emergency

Controlling Rodents and Regulating Rodenticides (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – information about preventing, identifying, and treating rodent infestations.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – information about using integrated pest management in a school community

Integrated Pest Management Manual (National Park Service) – updated manual provides descriptions of the biology and management of 21 species or categories of pests

Joint Statement on Mosquito Control in the United States from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – highlights challenges posed by the emergence of West Nile virus in the Western hemisphere illustrate the importance of cooperation and partnership at all levels of government to protect public health

NYC Rodent Control Academy (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) – training to provide a highly focused and standardized approach to managing rodent populations through integrated pest management [developed with funding from the EHS capacity-building program]

Public Health Confronts the Mosquito: Developing Sustainable State and Local Mosquito Control Programs (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials) – report containing recommendations to create sustainable mosquito-control programs

Public Health Significance of Urban Pests (World Health Organization) – a new analysis of the direct and indirect impacts of present-day urban pests on health

Reducing Your Child’s Asthma Using Integrated Pest Management: A Practical Home Guide for Parents [PDF - 1.52 MB] (IPM Institute of North America) - guide to describe signs, symptoms, and causes of childhood asthma and teaches parents integrated pest management practices that can be implemented at home to reduce asthma

The Business Case For Integrated Pest Management in Schools: Cutting Costs and Increasing Benefits [PDF - 550 KB] (IPM Institute of North America) – case study to explain how integrated pest management can improve health initiatives, facility management, and renovation and design strategies

Vectorborne Disease Control (National Association of County and City Health Officials) – website features vector control/integrated pest management resources

Zoonotic Disease: Bioterrorism & Beyond (Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness) – three-hour online self-training course that introduces zoonotic disease basics to non-veterinarians and explores zoonotic diseases as potential bioterrorism agents

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