Vector Control

NACCHO supports local health departments in protecting their communities from the bacterial and viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, ticks, rodents, and other emerging vectors. Through development of new tools and resources, policy statements, Stories from the Field, and more, NACCHO helps local health departments increase their capacity to address existing and emerging issues related to vector control and integrated pest management.

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NACCHO Report: Mosquito Control Capabilities in the U.S.

Read the national baseline assessment of mosquito control capabilities in the U.S.

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NACCHO Report: Mosquito Control Capabilities in the U.S.

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Search the NACCHO Toolbox

Free, online collection of public health tools that have been created and shared by members.

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Search the NACCHO Toolbox

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AMCA Manual: Integrated Mosquito Management Update

The American Mosquito Control Association updated their IMM manual to include fighting Aedes spp

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AMCA Manual: Integrated Mosquito Management Update

Mosquito Control in Local Health Departments

Local health departments and other local agencies are on the front lines of defense against mosquito-transmitted diseases like Zika Virus (ZIKV) and West Nile Virus (WNV). NACCHO's baseline assessment revealed that the majority (84%) of local agencies are not prepared for a mosquito-borne virus outbreak. Reviewing the areas in which vector control programs need improvement can inform decision-makers of the top vector control priorities when allocating resources.

Top Vector Control Priorities:

  1. Pesticide resistance testing;
  2. Treating based on surveillance data;
  3. Routine mosquito surveillance and species identification;
  4. Routine species-specific vector control;
  5. Larviciding and/or adulticiding; and
  6. Non-chemical vector control (e.g., biological, source reduction, water management).

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NACCHO Infographic: Zika in the United States

Two-page visual of the impact of the Zika virus and the state of local response in high-risk areas.

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NACCHO Infographic: Zika in the United States

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NACCHO Assessment: Local Zika Response in High-Risk Areas

Report on local vector control capacity in 10 U.S. areas with high-risk for Zika transmission.

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NACCHO Assessment: Local Zika Response in High-Risk Areas

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Blog: Mosquito Control in U.S. Areas at High-Risk for Zika

Feature blog post on local mosquito control capabilities in areas at high-risk for Zika transmission

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Blog: Mosquito Control in U.S. Areas at High-Risk for Zika

NACCHO's assessment of mosquito control and surveillance activities in Zika virus priority jurisdictions provided important findings. These findings supported the formation of a Vector Control and Surveillance working group, run by NACCHO, funded by CDC, and comprised of representatives from local vector control organizations as well as subject matter experts. This working group will participate in the following activities:

  • Discuss and share current vector control and surveillance plans;
  • Identify challenges, resources used, and resources needed related to Zika response at the local level;
  • Share public information communications tools and resources related to Zika with NACCHO and other state and local health officials; and
  • Inform, review, and comment on a NACCHO-developed technical assistance program focused on improving vector control and surveillance capabilities at the local level.

For more information on NACCHO's Vector Control and Surveillance working group, please contact Chelsea Gridley-Smith or Grace McClain.

Environmental Health Program

Chelsea Gridley-Smith

Senior Program Analyst

202-507-4232 / cgridley-smith@naccho.org

Environmental Health Program

Grace McClain

Program Analyst

202-507-4267 / gmcclain@naccho.org

Environmental Health Program

Jennifer Li

Senior Director, Environmental Health

202-507-4242 / jli@naccho.org