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What is VDCI’s Data Collection and Insecticide Resistance Prevention Plan?

What differentiates VDCI from general pest control companies?

Stakeholders desire quick and effective intervention when mosquito problems arise. General pest control companies capitalize on this need; they have access to products and tools that the public sometimes doesn’t. 

However, general pest groups are not certified in public health or subject to regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This can lead to irresponsible product use and poor management practices that waste resources and allow mosquitoes to become resistant to insecticides over time. 

Insecticide resistance most often occurs due to overuse or overreliance on a single class of products. The continued use may reduce population sensitivity and eventually cause selection for resistant insects. 

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The Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) Advantage

Data Collection

Licensed companies like VDCI bring an integrated approach to mosquito management that addresses immediate health threats while considering the long-term effects of insecticide use. 

Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) programs are built on data that informs every decision. VDCI collects information before and throughout the management process using advanced strategies, trapping techniques, and cutting-edge GIS/GPS technologies. The information gathered is then used to establish a baseline from which species bionomics, activity periods, host preferences, the presence of disease, and other factors are monitored. 

Insecticide Resistance Prevention

Insecticide resistance can manifest in different ways and in response to different products:

Cross Resistance 

Mosquitoes become vulnerable to other types of products with the same mode of action

Multiple Resistance 

Mosquitoes become less vulnerable to several different types of mosquito products.

Target Site Resistance

Mosquitoes develop a mutation that protects them from products that target genetic traits.

Behavioral Resistance

Mosquitoes change their behavior to avoid exposure to specific products

By continuously tracking data, experts can identify trends and successfully pivot when problems are detected. This may mean adjusting product doses or application timing, or switching to a different class of products.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) if mortality drops to a rate of less than 90%, the mosquito population is considered insecticide-resistant.

Contact the Experts at VDCI​

We are committed to protecting public health through excellence in vector control. Learn how our team can support an existing program or help you develop a custom program to meet your community’s needs.