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, research, policy statements, Stories from the Field, and more, NACCHO helps local health departments and local vector control programs increase their capacity to address existing and emerging issues related to vector control and integrated pest management.

Not sure where to start? Looking for advice on your vector control programs? Email vectorcontrol@naccho.org today to speak with a NACCHO staff member.

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Tick Activities Assessment

Learn about the role of local environmental health professionals in tick-related activities.

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Tick Activities Assessment

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Tickborne Diseases Webinar Recording

Find out the latest on tickborne diseases from the CDC's Dr. Grace Marx.

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Tickborne Diseases Webinar Recording

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A Capabilities-Based Framework for Mosquito Control Programs

10 vector control capabilities to assess, prepare for, prevent, and respond to vector-borne threats.

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A Capabilities-Based Framework for Mosquito Control Programs

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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.

NACCHO's Toolbox is a free, online collection of public health tools that have been created and shared by members of the public health community. The Toolbox includes a Vector Control Toolkit to connect LHDs with effective vector control initiatives.

Access the Vector Control Toolkit:

Visit the Toolbox and select "Vector Control Toolkit" from the Toolkits dropdown.

Submit a Tool:

Share your own tools for other vector control programs to use and adapt. Visit the Toolbox and click "Submit a Tool" at the top of the page.

NACCHO hosts conferences and workshops for local vector control professionals. Click here to access presentations, resources, photos, and more from past events.

Recordings from NACCHO's recent vector control webinars are available below:

Local health departments need effective communications methods to promote healthy behavior in the community, build support for local public health efforts, increase impact and influence with policymakers, the media and the public, and provide models of practice for other public health professionals. To ensure that your message resonates with your intended audience, it must be dynamic and memorable. The most effective way to do that is with a story.

You can use these stories:

  • Pitch your story to the media. Media outlets love stories with emotional appeals, especially if they fit within certain time-tested genres (i.e., heroes and villains, scrappy underdogs, overcoming huge odds, etc.).
  • See if you can sway support within local government for your program by coming prepared with a story the next time you meet with elected officials.
  • Start off your next presentation with a story instead of statistics and watch the expressions in the room change from bored to intrigued.

Tell your story today! Email vectorcontrol@naccho.org for more information.

Click here to access NACCHO's policy statements on mosquito control and vector-borne diseases.

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 vectorcontrol@naccho.org

Environmental Health Program

Chelsea Gridley-Smith

Director of Environmental Health

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Public Health Preparedness Program

Shannon Davis

Senior Program Analyst

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Environmental Health Program

Danielle Chatelain

Program Analyst

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