AMCA Webinar (Online Seminar) – January 21, 2009
Presented by Dr Janet McAllister currently employed by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Ft. Collins with the Division of Vector-Borne Infectious Diseases conducting field and laboratory research on important vectors of West Nile Virus concentrating on their control and insecticide resistance.
An Integrated Mosquito Management Program (“IMMP”) is part of a wider concept called Integrated Pest Management (“IPM”) which has been around for decades. There are multiple definitions of an IPM which can be confusing but at its simplest, IPM is:
“The optimization of pest control in an economically and ecologically sound manner.”
Dr McAllister emphasized the importance of all districts/counties/states taking responsibility for any issues there are with pest control in their area. This can only be done with the public taking some responsibility and advising the appropriate agency of the issues they are experiencing.
Effective IMMP programs are made up of the following:
Control measures identified by Dr McAllister were:
Dr McAllister also commented on the need for the public to be aware and play their part in an IMMP. Should you notice anything that could be adding to the mosquito problems in your area (e.g. water buildup in ditching or storm water drain contamination) it is most important that you notify the relevant authorities so they can inspect and attempt to treat the area. She also emphasized that it is important to take precautions by using products that are available for the domestic market today such as repellants and possibly mosquito traps.
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