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Public Education 101

Posted by Daniel Markowski, Ph. D. on Oct 7, 2015 9:04:00 AM
Written By Cristina Flores, Regional Director
 
Public Education 1

Public education is an important part of a mosquito control program.  Mosquito control professionals can only do so much, and this is why they rely on a well-educated public in order to have a successful mosquito control program.  Educating the public allows citizens to:

 

1. Be a part of the mosquito control effort

2. Understand the mosquito control program 

 

1. Be a part of the mosquito control effort:

Mosquito control professionals create a partnership with local governments, schools, churches, and other entities to educate the public on mosquito biology.   The more the citizens know, the more information the citizens can provide their mosquito control departments or contractors to help identify active mosquito population areas.  Teams can be dispatched to perform surveillance or treatments as needed.

 

Also, there are many activities the public or homeowners can do on their own to reduce mosquito populations on their property.  Actions that can help limit mosquito breeding on private property can include:

  •          Dump standing water
  •          Eliminate areas that may collect standing water
  •          Aerate or circulate areas of stagnant water where possible
2. Understand the mosquito control program:Mosquito_Public_Education_OH-373069-edited.jpg

It is also important that all citizens understand the goals of the program that are set by municipal officials.  For example, some programs are solely focused on controlling mosquito-borne disease as opposed to managing nuisance mosquitoes.  Every program is different, so citizens need to know this information in order to have proper expectations of their communities’ mosquito control efforts.  

 
Summary

The mosquito control department or contractor for a municipal entity is only one part of the equation for an integrated mosquito control program.  It is the duty of this entity to educate and inform the public so that the value of mosquito control is maximized and understood by all parties.

 

Should you have any questions about your existing mosquito control program, or if you are considering establishing one, Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) is always available at whatever level of assistance you desire. 
 
 
 

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 at 800-413-4445 for all of your mosquito control needs.

Since 1992, Vector Disease Control International (VDCI) has taken pride in providing municipalities, mosquito abatement districts, industrial sites, planned communities, homeowners associations, and golf courses with the tools they need to run effective mosquito control programs. We are determined to protect the public health of the communities in which we operate. Our mosquito control 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 mosquito management program, from surveillance to disease testing to aerial application in emergency situations.

Topics: Public Education