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Integrated Vector Management

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If you have a pest problem, you might reach for a pesticide to solve your problem.  But what if there were a way to prevent the pest in the first place?  What if there were other 'tools' in the 'toolbox' besides a pesticide?

The good news is we can aim to prevent pests and we can use tools before/alongside/instead of pesticides to solve pest problems!

Solving pest problems while minimizing risks to people and the environment has a lot of different names:

  • IPM (Integrated Pest Management),
  • IVM (Integrated Vector Management)
  • IMM (Integrated Mosquito Management)

All these mean the same thing: long-term prevention of pests and the damage they cause, with thoughtful consideration of which tools in our toolbox are the best for each individual situation.




Page last reviewed: January 19, 2024

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