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Integrated Vector Management (IVM)

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:

  1. Public information and education
  2. Mosquito and vector surveillance
  3. Biological control
  4. Physical control
  5. 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.