Written By Tim Bennett, Biologist and Vice President of Western Operations for VDCI
Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) is a term that everyone in the field of public health mosquito and vector-borne disease control is familiar with. The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) defines IMM as, “a comprehensive mosquito prevention and control strategy that utilizes all available mosquito control methods, either singly or in combination, to exploit the known vulnerabilities of mosquitoes to reduce their numbers while maintaining a quality environment.” This definition describes what Integrated Mosquito Management is, but why is IMM the best practice for controlling mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases?
1) Larval and Adult Mosquito Surveillance (including disease testing)
2) Source Reduction and Physical Control through Habitat Manipulation
3) Larval Mosquito Control
4) Adult Mosquito Control (including efficacy and pesticide resistance testing)
5) Public Education and Outreach
Species and Habitat Diversity
Local Nuisance Tolerance
These are just some examples of why Integrated Mosquito Management is the preferred strategy for operating a mosquito and mosquito-borne disease abatement program. By using a well-considered combination of scientifically based, environmentally sound principles and practices, mosquito control managers can tailor their management programs to fit the specific needs in their community and gain the best possible reduction in the local mosquito populations.
VDCI is committed to public education and spreading awareness throughout the U.S. about the dangers of mosquito-borne diseases and their preventability, with the overarching goal of reducing illness and fatality statistics in 2018. Our dedicated and experienced team works tirelessly to prevent the spread of mosquito-borne diseases in all of the contracts we service. If you would like more information about any aspect of an Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) Plan, including mosquito surveillance, disease testing, adult control, or aerial applications, please contact Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), and we will help you get started immediately.
Tim Bennett is the Vice President of Western Operations for Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) and has been with the company for over 10 years. Tim attended Eastern New Mexico University, where he earned a B.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Management followed by a M.S. degree in Biology. Tim is an active member of the Idaho Mosquito and Vector Control Association, serving as a long time Board Member and a previous President, the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control Association, currently serving as the Idaho State Representative, and the West Central Mosquito and Vector Control Association. He can be reached through the VDCI website or by calling 800.413.4445.
Since 1992, Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) has taken pride in providing municipalities, mosquito abatement districts, military bases, industrial sites, planned communities, homeowners associations, and golf courses with the tools they need to run effective integrated tick and mosquito management. We are determined to protect the public health of the communities in which we operate. Our tick and mosquito management professionals have over 100 years of combined experience in the field of public health, specifically vector disease control. We strive to provide the most effective and scientifically sound mosquito surveillance and control programs possible based on an Integrated Mosquito Management approach recommended by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). VDCI is the only company in the country that can manage all aspects of an integrated tick and mosquito management program, from surveillance to disease testing to mosquito aerial application in emergency response situations.
Contact the professionals at 800.413.4445 for all of your integrated tick and mosquito management needs.