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Vectors & Pests Webinars

NEHA aims to improve the capacity of environmental health to identify and understand emerging vectors found in the United States. The NEHA Vector & Pests Webinars page provides up-to-date information on vector control topics and resources used to protect the public of the transmission of vector-borne diseases.


Sterile Insect Technique: Innovative Tools for Controlling Invasive Mosquitoes  

June 23, 2022 

Our Vector Program Committee was proud to host this educational webinar in promotion of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. 

The mosquito control industry refers to Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) as the release of altered male mosquitoes that cause the production of no offspring or produce offspring that will not survive to the adult stage, when they mate with local female mosquitoes in the wild. In light of resistance to pesticides, changes to the regulatory landscape, increased mosquito-borne disease transmission, globalization of invasive mosquitoes, predicted impacts of global climate change, and limitations on the investment of new insecticide classes for mosquito control, there is a need for new approaches that do not have the same pitfalls as the currently used technology. When integrated with other control strategies, the SIT method has been successful in controlling a number of high-profile insect pests, including fruit flies, tsetse fly, screwworm, moths, and mosquitoes. Public health professionals from two mosquito abatement districts shared their experience with this technique.   


Integrated Mosquito Management

August 11, 2020

The National Environmental Health Association is proud to partner with the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease and the American Mosquito Control Association to host the Integrated Mosquito Management webinar. 

Speakers

  • Dr. Meredith Spence Beaulieu, Assistance Director at the Triangle Center of Evolutionary Medicine 
  • Jason Kinley, Director of Gem County Mosquito Abatement District

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Integrated Tick Management: Strategies and Barriers to the Prevention of Tick-Borne Disease 

NEHA and the Northeast Regional Center for Excellence in Vector-Borne Disease 

May 28, 2020

Tick-associated diseases, mainly Lyme disease, are increasing, new diseases are being discovered, and various tick species are expanding their geographic range posing an increasing risk to the public. Ticks can be acquired outdoors around the home or during recreational activities, the risk of which will increase with warmer weather and as people seek escape from “quarantine fatigue.” Dr. Stafford will briefly cover the ticks, tick-borne disease incidence, basic tick biology, and then review various environmental methods for tick-bite prevention and tick control. He will also highlight some of the barriers to effective tick management and tick-bite prevention in the United States.

Speakers

  • Dr. Kirby Stafford, Chief Entomologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station
  • Holiday Goodreau, LivLyme Foundation

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Mosquito Management: Turnkey Solutions and Responsible Control

Nov 6, 2019

Mosquito control may be necessary after natural disasters such as hurricanes and major floods. As waters associated with these events begin to recede, both nuisance and vector mosquito species can surge in abundance and consequently complicate relief efforts and cause public health concerns. When situations like this arise many state and county agencies implement emergency response plans and rely on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or private contractors for assistance in reducing mosquito populations. The goal is to alter arbovirus transmission cycles and create an environment that reduces stress to a displaced public and relief workers. In this webinar, Dr. Broox Boze, of Vector Disease Control International (VDCI), will discuss the multiple steps required to implement a responsible emergency response mosquito management plan. This will include the coordination with local, state, and federal governments, challenges with funding as well as preparation and logistics. Is your community prepared?

Speakers

  • Dr. Broox Boze, Vector Disease Control International
  • Kelsey Renfro, Vector Disease Control International

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