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Vector Control Resources

Improve your program’s capacity to control vectors and public health pests with our free resources below.

Tools and Guidance

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Integrated Pest Management: Conducting Urban Rodent Survey [PDF – 1 MB]
Explore our manual for classroom use and field training for rodent and IPM programs.

Pictorial Keys to Arthropods, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals of Public Health Significance
Review our historical tool for teaching animal identification to personnel without special training in taxonomy.


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Stormwater Management and Vector Breeding Habits [PDF – 221 KB]
Learn about actions to help ensure mosquito-management programs incorporate a systems-based approach to stormwater management.


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Vector Control Population Health Driver Diagram [PDF – 290 KB] (Public Health Foundation, PHF)
Coordinate with partners to identify and address drivers of vector-borne disease transmission in a community (produced through a collaborative project with CDC).


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Vector Control Tools & Resources (VeCToR) Toolkit (National Environmental Health Association)
Find tools and resources for program improvement activities that align with the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services (produced in collaboration with CDC).


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What Is Integrated Pest Management? [PDF – 356 KB]

Learn about the five components of IPM.



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Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP)

Learn about using integrated pest management to address public health pests and vectors that spread pathogens, including Zika virus and others. Available for CE credits through NEHA.


The following training programs also have modules on vector control:

Environmental Health Training on Emergency Response
Environmental Public Health Online Courses


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A Performance Management Initiative for Local Health Department Vector Control Programs

Explore an article by CDC and PHF staff about assessing vector control program performance and improving services.


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Rodent Control Program Profiles (NACCHO)

Read profiles describing best practices, challenges, and technical assistance needs of local rodent control programs (produced in collaboration with CDC).


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Vector Control Publications

Explore our vector control publications.


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Web-Based Review of Environmental Health Vector Control Services in the United States

Learn about the role of environmental health in vector control services and how programs can strengthen their capacity.



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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) Rodeo Project

In 2012 CDC began working with American Indian communities in Arizona to control Rocky Mountain spotted fever after an outbreak of the vector borne disease. CDC’s EHS helped develop and implement a reservation-wide dog collaring program to halt disease spread by dogs, the main source of exposure to disease-transmitting ticks.


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