There’s been a lot of media attention and public concern around the Zika virus with the news that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has detected Zika in three mosquito samples from a small area in Miami Beach. I won’t attempt to rewrite what’s already been written on the virus but I do think it would be helpful to point you towards the best resources for Zika education for yourselves and your residents. Education is of course the key to prevention. For those that work in housing our most important messages for prevention are: eliminate standing water, make sure window screens are intact, and use insect repellents. As members of the housing community, we can use the following resources to help keep residents, staff and ourselves informed:
On September 20th 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM Eastern Time the EPA is hosting a webinar to share the CDC’s guidance on prevention of Zika in schools. Although related to schools much of the information will likely apply to housing as well.
*CDR Joseph Laco, US Public Health Service Environmental Health Scientist, CDC National Center for Environmental Health
*Michael Merchant, Ph.D., Urban Entomologist, Texas A&M Research and Extension Center
*Dan Lisenko, Grounds and Maintenance Manager, Manatee County (Florida) School District
Click Here To register now
Click Here To learn more about the event
Texas A&M Resources
The Texas A&M Zika resource page includes videos, websites, and publications all relating to Zika prevention and mosquito management.
For the latest on the Zika virus including information about transmission, prevention, and the impact on pregnant women from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention go to the CDC website.
Northeastern IPM Center Compiled Resources
There are many helpful resources and tips at the Northeaster IPM Center Tick and Mosquito page
NPMA's (National Pest Management Association) Resources
NPMA has compiled an extensive list of training opportunities and educational resources including the following:
Zika and Mosquito Management Online Training: This 30 minute interactive course provides an overview of Zika virus, information on the biology and behavior of the mosquitoes that transmit Zika, and recommendations for managing those mosquitoes. Although this training is intended for pest management professionals, participants outside the pest management industry will find this module both beneficial and informative.
Zika 4 Part Webinar Series: This program focused extensively on the Zika virus covered a broad range of educational topics including mosquito biology, behavior and control, backyard mosquito business models, consumer messaging and an update from representatives at the CDC on efforts to combat the virus.
In addition to the live 3.5 hour webinar videos that can be accessed by clicking on the above link, panelists shared their presentations. They can be downloaded below:
CDC Update on Zika Virus – Speaker: CDR Joe Laco, MSEH, RS/REHS, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Aedes Mosquito Biology and Behavior – Speaker: Laura Harrington, PhD, Cornell University
The PMP’s Role: “Backyard” Mosquito Treatment Protocols – Speaker: Jim Fredericks, PhD, National Pest Management Association
Communicating to the Public about Mosquitoes – Speaker: Cindy Mannes, National Pest Management Association
Zika Technical Bulletin: As an insert in the Monthly PestWorld Magazine, NPMA recently produced a Library Update titled Zika Virus and Container-Breeding Mosquito Control. This four page technical bulletin focuses on Zika, the U.S distribution of yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti), and the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), provides information on personal protection from mosquitoes and pest management strategies to manage mosquitoes and eliminate breeding locations.