Vector Control

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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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Preventing the Bite Day and Night

Harris County Public Health’s Comprehensive Approach to Vector-Borne Disease Management

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Preventing the Bite Day and Night

Environmental Health

Webinar: Deciding When and How to Treat for Mosquitoes

Expert panelists from CDC and mosquito control programs across the country answer your questions.

Environmental Health

Webinar: Deciding When and How to Treat for Mosquitoes

Environmental Health

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

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

Environmental Health

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

2018 Vector Control Summit

See resources from the 2018 Vector Control Summit here.

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).

Environmental Health

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.

Environmental Health

NACCHO Infographic: Zika in the United States

Environmental Health

AMCA Manual: Integrated Mosquito Management Update

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

Environmental Health

AMCA Manual: Integrated Mosquito Management Update

Environmental Health

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

Environmental Health

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.

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!

Click below to access NACCHO's policy statement on vectors and vector-borne diseases.

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

Interim Senior Advisor, Environmental Health

202-507-4242 / jli@naccho.org