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Vectors & Pests Webinars

We aim to improve our capacity to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. Our webinars provide up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public from the transmission of vector-borne diseases. View previous recordings:

Mosquito and Rodent Control Preparedness

June 5

Over the past two decades, the prevalence of vector-borne diseases has surged, surpassing the capacity of existing infrastructure to effectively manage them. To safeguard public health, it is imperative to bolster our frontline defenses, including mosquito abatement districts, environmental public health, and pest management professionals. In this webinar, Claudia Riegel explored the principles of vector control preparedness, outlining the necessary level of commitment and infrastructure required to protect both human and animal populations in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Integrated Rodent Management

May 21

Rodent control represents one of the largest concerns, contributing to the bottom line of establishments throughout North America and around the globe. And thanks to population growth, urbanization, and favorable environmental conditions, rodents are thriving. Against this backdrop of expanding rodent populations, it鈥檚 more important than ever for consumers and regulators to have a thorough understanding of the latest IPM techniques for managing these pervasive pests. Rodents transmit many diseases that can cross over to humans and domestic animals.

In this webinar, Janet Hurley covered the basics of commensal rodent biology and behavior, with tips on how to prevent, exclude and manage an ever-growing population of nuisance pests.

Integrated Mosquito Management

May 7

Mosquitoes are effective disease vectors, transmitting diseases to humans, pets, and livestock. While the most prominent mosquito-borne diseases vary by region, diseases that were once confined to certain geographic areas are spreading due to climate change and increasing globalization. Managing mosquito populations should be done in a way that does not rely solely on the use of pesticides. Integrated mosquito management utilizes a combination of methods and data-based decision making to control mosquitoes and break the disease cycle, utilizing our understanding of the mosquito life cycle, behaviors, and how they spread diseases. Alexandros Pavlakis covered mosquito biology, mosquito-borne diseases, and the core pillars of an integrated mosquito management system with examples from a municipal mosquito control agency.

Introduction to Vector Management: What is a vector and why are they a concern?

This webinar is intended as an introduction to the world of vector control and management. We share the necessary information to enable environmental health professionals to better identify vector species from other environmental public health pests of concern. There is a panel discussion from experts in the field following a presentation by Dr. Caroline Efstathion, member of our Vector Control Program Committee.

The panel discussion is moderated by our Sub-Committee Chair, Nina Dacko, Associate Director at the Harris County Public Health Mosquito and Vector Control Division, and features top experts in the field, including CDC鈥檚 Team Lead of Entomology and Ecology, Dr. Roxanne Connelly, National Park Service鈥檚 Epidemiology Branch Chief, Dr. Maria Said, and American Mosquito Control Association鈥檚 Technical Advisor, Dr. Daniel Markowski.

Sterile Insect Technique: Innovative Tools for Controlling Invasive Mosquitoes

The mosquito control industry refers to the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) as the release of altered male mosquitoes that cause the production of no offspring or produce offspring that will not survive to the adult stage when they mate with local female mosquitoes in the wild. In light of resistance to pesticides, changes to the regulatory landscape, increased mosquito-borne disease transmission, globalization of invasive mosquitoes, predicted impacts of global climate change, and limitations on the investment of new insecticide classes for mosquito control, there is a need for new approaches that do not have the same pitfalls as the currently used technology. When integrated with other control strategies, the SIT method has been successful in controlling a number of high-profile insect pests, including fruit flies, tsetse flies, screwworms, moths, and mosquitoes. Public health professionals from two mosquito abatement districts shared their experience with this technique.

Integrated Tick Management: Strategies and Barriers to the Prevention of Tick-Borne Disease

Tick-associated diseases, mainly Lyme disease, are increasing, new diseases are being discovered, and various tick species are expanding their geographic range posing an increasing risk to the public. Ticks can be acquired outdoors around the home or during recreational activities, the risk of which will increase with warmer weather and as people seek escape from "quarantine fatigue." Dr. Stafford will briefly cover ticks, tick-borne disease incidence, and basic tick biology, and then review various environmental methods for tick-bite prevention and tick control. He will also highlight some of the barriers to effective tick management and tick-bite prevention in the United States.

May 2020 | Slides PDF

Preventing Zika in the US: What 精东传媒 Health and Pest Management Professionals Need to Know

精东传媒 health and pest management professionals, need to be prepared for outbreaks of the Zika virus. This webinar provides crucial information to developing prevention and awareness activities.

Topics covered include:

  • Overview of the epidemiology of the Zika virus outbreak and concerns on how it could spread and change
  • How the Zika virus is different than West Nile
  • Aedes mosquito control - real world examples and what to consider
  • Worker safety and preventive measures
  • Public education around the Zika virus

March 2016 | Slides PDF

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