Vector Control / Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

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Improve the capacity of your program to control vectors and prevent vectorborne diseases using the resources below. This topic page contains links to resources produced by grantees and partners of CDC’s Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch (WFEHSB).

Featured Resources

Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP) – free online training emphasizing the use of integrated pest management to address public health pests and vectors that spread diseases, including Zika virus and others (CDC, in partnership with the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Texas Health Institute, Tulane University, and the National Environmental Health Association)

Tools & Guidance

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC – information from CDC’s Zika website

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Integrated Pest Management: Conducting Urban Rodent Survey pdf icon[PDF – 627 KB] – manual for classroom use and field training for rodent and IPM programs, includes a reference for survey techniques and preparing reports and maps

Pictorial Keys to Arthropods, Reptiles, Birds, and Mammals of Public Health Significance – used to teach animal identification to personnel without special training in taxonomy

Rodent Control After a Disaster – precautions for limiting household exposure, cleaning up rodent-contaminated areas, and other recommendations for residential areas

Vector Control Fact Sheet pdf icon[PDF – 261 KB] (National Association of Local Boards of Health, NALBOH) – fact sheet from NALBOH’s Environmental Health Primer

Vector Control Population Health Driver Diagram pdf icon[PDF – 290 KB]external icon (Public Health Foundation, PHF) – tool for identifying and addressing drivers of vector-borne disease transmission in a community (produced through a larger project between PHF and CDCexternal icon)

Zika Preparedness and Response Using Quality Improvement Tools and Processesexternal icon (PHF) – brochure, mosquito breeding grounds checklist, resource guide for EH practitioners, and more

Training

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Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – training addressing environmental health impacts of emergencies and disasters, with modules on vectors, pests, and other topics

Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) – comprehensive workforce development resources for environmental public health practitioners including Zoonoses, Vectors, Pests, and Weeds among other topics (CDC in partnership with South Central Partnership)

NYC Rodent Control Academyexternal icon (New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) – training on managing rodent populations through IPM [developed with funding from the EHS capacity-building program]

Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP) – free online training emphasizing the use of integrated pest management to address public health pests and vectors that spread diseases, including Zika virus and others (CDC, in partnership with the National Network of Public Health Institutes, Texas Health Institute, Tulane University, and the National Environmental Health Association)

Publications & Investigations

A Performance Management Initiative for Local Health Department Vector Control Programsexternal icon – article by CDC and PHF staff about assessing vector control program performance and improving services, such as responding to mosquito complaints and educating the public about prevention of vectorborne diseases

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

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) Rodeo Project – CDC efforts with American Indian communities in Arizona to address an outbreak of Rocky Mountain spotted fever caused by dogs carrying disease-transmitting ticks

Rodent Control Program Profiles (NACCHO) – profiles describing best practices, challenges, and technical assistance needs of local rodent control programs (produced in collaboration with CDC)

Vector Control Performance Assessment and Improvement Reportsexternal icon (PHF) – reports from local vector control programs using the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards to improve their performance (produced through a larger project between PHF and CDCexternal icon)

Vector Control Publications – vector control publications from CDC’s Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch (WFEHSB)

General Information & Other Useful Links

Before the Swarm: Guidelines for the Emergency Management of Mosquito-Borne Disease Outbreaksexternal icon (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, ASTHO) – 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

Environmental Protection Agency, EPA – information on preventing, identifying, and treating bed bugs; controlling rodent infestations; and using IPM in schools

Public Health Confronts the Mosquito: Developing Sustainable State and Local Mosquito Control Programsexternal icon (ASTHO) – recommendations for creating sustainable mosquito-control programs

Reducing Your Child’s Asthma Using Integrated Pest Management: A Practical Home Guide for Parents pdf icon[PDF – 300 KB]external icon (IPM Institute of North America) – guide describing the signs, symptoms, and causes of childhood asthma and teaching parents IPM practices to use at home

Rodents – suggestions on rodent control during and after a rodent infestation

Stormwater Management and Vector Breeding Habits pdf icon[PDF – 221 KB] – fact sheet on managing stormwater runoff

The Business Case For Integrated Pest Management in Schools: Cutting Costs and Increasing Benefits pdf icon[PDF – 4.14 MB]external icon (IPM Institute of North America) – case study explaining how IPM can improve health initiatives, facility management, and renovation and design strategies

Vector Control – section from our Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners website on vector control

West Nile Virus – maps, statistics, and information on preventing, treating, and controlling West Nile virus

What Is Integrated Pest Management? pdf icon[PDF – 305 KB] – fact sheet defining the five components of IPM

Page last reviewed: May 17, 2018