The Right Approach: Government Mosquito Control Programs
Understanding the mosquito population within your community is important. By understanding the local population, via surveillance efforts, identification, and disease testing, you are taking a proactive approach to prevent and control mosquito populations. An Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM) plan can assist in reducing not only nuisance populations, but also species that could potentially vector mosquito-borne diseases. Within the U.S., West Nile virus remains the #1 mosquito-borne disease reported on an annual basis. We partner with the city, county, and state governments as well as mosquito abatement districts to help support their public health mission to protect residents and visitors to their community.
Target All Phases of the Mosquito’s Life Cycle
VDCI is the industry expert in Integrated Mosquito Management programs. These programs include responsible efforts to manage mosquitoes and help to prevent the transmission of serious diseases.
- Our surveillance provides you with valuable data that is captured and analyzed in our proprietary database.
- Our data helps you make better decisions, which leads to better results.
- Our commitment to educate the public and only take action when nuisance or disease risk is high is more environmentally friendly.
- Our targeted action reduces the risk of developing pesticide resistance.
Understanding how to properly eliminate mosquito breeding habitats and take personal protective measures is critical. Educating the public empowers people to take control of the mosquitoes breeding in their community.
In order to understand the risk and address the threat appropriately, it is critical to determine the mosquito distribution, density, and species composition throughout the target area. Surveillance and disease testing will provide the evidence needed to determine if there is increased disease activity and the level of risk to the local community.
A crucial component for successfully controlling mosquito populations and reducing vector-borne disease transmission is overcoming insecticide resistance. To determine if an insecticide is effective, it is essential to start monitoring for resistance at the beginning of the season and throughout as necessary. There are many methods to monitor an insecticide’s effectiveness and minimize resistance, so Program Managers will need to frequently adjust their approach from season to season.
Eliminating mosquitoes prior to them becoming adults is an important element of controlling mosquito-borne diseases because it stops mosquitoes before they acquire the virus and have the opportunity to transmit it to people.
When necessary, adulticide applications are safely conducted with EPA-approved pesticides. These applications are based on surveillance and designed to target nuisance or disease-vectoring mosquitoes. We regularly test mosquitoes and take appropriate measures to prevent them from developing resistance.
Industry Leading Mosquito Management Services
VDCI is a mosquito control services company. Mosquito control is all we do. We do not sell products or equipment. We professionally execute the services that are needed to protect public health and improve the quality of life for communities and the people we serve. We do this by controlling mosquito populations in the most cost-effective, scientific, and environmentally responsible ways available.
A keystone of the Integrated Mosquito Management approach is managing data. Every activity that is performed at VDCI is entered into our proprietary database for analysis and reporting. We use GPS equipment and technology in combination with our GIS department to put all our data into maps and reports. These reports are used both for our internal analysis and our presentation to customers and citizens within the boundaries that we serve.
Mosquito control begins with surveillance, which helps us understand population dynamics and species distribution. When mosquito larvae are detected, we use environmentally sound biological products to eliminate the problem. When necessary, non-biological control methods are utilized. Once it’s been determined mosquito populations reach unacceptable levels, or the risk of mosquito-borne illness is imminent, adulticides are carefully applied in the safest, most environmentally friendly way possible. Our advanced spray technology ensures proper droplet size and accurate pesticide placement.
VDCI has the largest fleet of aircraft in the world specifically dedicated to mosquito control. Aerial applications may be the only way to break the mosquito breeding cycle in emergency situations or when mosquito populations are abnormally high. All of our aircraft are equipped with the Wingman® GX spray optimization software and the AIMMS-20 onboard meteorological probe, the most advanced system designed specifically for mosquito control.
Integrated Mosquito Management – The Right Approach
Surveillance, source reduction, public education, habitat manipulation, larviciding, and adulticiding are all important components of a responsible mosquito management plan for your community.
VDCI is a company built on the foundations of public health, ethics, professionalism, and technical expertise. We establish vector management programs based on an understanding of the underlying vector’s ecology and rooted in the current science of environmentally sound control measures.
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.