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Rodent Control

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

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 Surveys [PDF - 627 KB] – update of the 1974 CDC Urban Rat Surveys manual includes information about integrated pest management (IPM)

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 – information on rodent control during and after a rodent infestation

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.

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

Links to information from outside CDC

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

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

Rodenticides (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) – information about pesticide products to control mice and rats in and around the home while reducing risks to children, pets, and wildlife

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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