I rely on non-chemical control measures and community engagement to reduce mosquito and biting midge populations, but I rely on a very wide range of state-of-the-art equipment. Surveillance is conducted using drones where possible. Application of insect growth regulators and biologically-active materials designed to reduce and eliminate vector populations efficiently and effectively without harming the environment or non-target organism is also conducted using drones where possible.
Vector-borne diseases continue to affect many countries, have staged a slow, yet steady re-emergence in many others, or and new vector species are detected. Consequently, many countries and institutions that had previously controlled or eradicated them have witnessed a resurgence in their activities and concomitant rise on their toll on human and animal health and a significant impact on their economies. This has forced many countries and organizations to allocate significant portions of their limited public health resources to vector population suppression.
The surge in vector activity can be attributed to one or more of a long list of factors too complicated for a few lines of text. Regardless of the reasons, it is evident that the situation will continue to deteriorate if no significant action is undertaken. To that effect, vector control programs are now being established in areas where none operated before, re-furbished or revitalized where one existed, or considered for implementation in countries where none operated.
Unfortunately, the criteria for developing, implementing, and evaluating vector population suppression programs are often based on technology and procedures often unfamiliar or unavailable to some managers, or inappropriate because they were designed for very different parameters and environmental conditions than those specific for the implementing organization. Consequently, many of them are often activated without clear, measurable, and achievable objectives or are not based on sound vector or disease surveillance. Moreover, though strict, standardized guidelines for the use of insecticides are delineated in the insecticide labels, detailed guidelines for arthropod control operations, are not readily available.
This Operational Review seeks to solve that problem by examining the essential elements required for a comprehensive arthropod control program. Each element has been provided with key components and a scoring system. It provides program managers with a detailed and comprehensive look at their programs and helps identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats requiring attention. It provides a framework from which managers can recognize risk factors and identify potential topics that could be incorporated in an advanced, technical training program for implementation teams so that maximum utilization of available resources is achieved and a basis for financing.
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We bring several decades of experience and expertise in mosquito control obtained in four continents. Our services include design, implementation, evaluation of vector control programs and capacity-building and training of mid-level managers, field technicians, and community health workers. Our goal is to increase community engagement and improve the efficacy and efficiency of mosquito population suppression interventions regardless of their size or complexity. Established campaigns can be revitalized and fine-tuned with refresher training and train-the-trainer sessions designed as force-multipliers to make them sustainable and self-sufficient.
Our field assessments and evaluations provide program managers a detailed, comprehensive, and third-party look at their programs. They offer a framework to detect risks, help identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities, and identify potential topics to be incorporated in advanced training sessions. The reports, strictly confidential in nature, provide recommendations and observations from which managers can make appropriate program adjustments to maximize the utilization of available resources while minimizing down time. These are especially relevant in the hospitality industry, where complaints posted on social media can ruin a resort’s reputation and affect revenues.
We provide a wide range of target-specific and environmentally sound biological and chemical agents, and environmental manipulation measures designed to reduce or eliminate mosquito and other blood-sucking insect populations. Our recommendations are site-specific and presented with specific operational timelines.
Our services include technical training on environmental health and safety, use of personal protection equipment, and the insecticide life cycle: their modes of action, use, and limitations. Sessions on the use and calibration of insecticide application equipment and equipment operators can also be arranged. My goal is to ensure the optimal impact of the measures and materials selected on the target vector with minimal effect on the environment.
We offer a wide range of insecticide and sanitizing agent application equipment ranging from handheld compression sprayers and granule dispensers to portable and truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers. The use of small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS or drones) for diagnostic imaging and pinpoint applications is also available. All services are tailored to specific local parameters and conditions.
In addition to the wide range of natural and environmentally-sound products and materials, I provide consulting services tailored to specific needs and parameters, including: