The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District's programs are based on scientifically planned management tactics and control strategies that reduce the abundance of vectors in a timely manner. This method is referred to as “integrated vector management” (IVM).
IVM incorporates five basic methods:
- Public information and education
- Mosquito and vector surveillance
- Biological control
- Physical control
- Microbial and chemical control
The approach seeks to improve the efficacy, cost-effectiveness, ecological soundness and sustainability of vector control activities. The key objectives of Integrated Vector Management include:
- The selection of proven vector control methods based on knowledge of vector biology and ecology, and disease transmission.
- Utilizing of a range of interventions, separately or in combination and often synergistically, integrating all available and effective measures, whether chemical, biological, or environmental.
- Collaborating within the health sector and with other public and private sectors that impact vector control.
- Engaging local communities and other stakeholders.
- Knowledge and compliance with public health regulatory and legislative frameworks.
- The rational use of insecticides.
To learn more about mosquito IVM practices please refer to the District's IVM Manual.