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Setting Action Thresholds - Module 7

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Integrated Mosquito Management
Roger Nasci, Ph. D. |  Sarah Wheeler, Ph. D.
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Welcome to Module 7 Setting Action Thresholds of the AMCA Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management Virtual Training Program. This training program will provide you with the knowledge needed to understand and conduct Integrated Mosquito Management (IMM); including topics such as mosquito biology and the five main components of IMM: community engagement, collecting and using data, reducing potential larval habitat, using all control methods available and reasonable, and regularly evaluating the efficacy of the program.

Note, that this module is part of a larger program, and if you are interested in completing the AMCA Best Practices for Integrated Mosquito Management Virtual Training Program Certificate, you MUST do this module within the overall program. Please subscribe to the program prior to beginning this module, please click here to begin

Specifically, this module will cover:

  • Action thresholds for IMM and IPM
  • Data-driven decisions and action thresholds determine intervention
  • Mosquito-based action indicators
  • Arbovirus response indicators
  • Best practices for using action thresholds

Recommended reading for this module:

Additional Resources

  1. Reisen, W. and Brault, A.C. 2007. West Nile virus in North America: perspectives on epidemiology and intervention. Pest Management Science: formerly Pesticide Science, 63(7), pp.641-646.
  2. CDC. 2023. Mosquito surveillance software.
  3. VectorSurv Development Team. 2021. VectorSurv Maps.
  4. Chung, W.M., Buseman, C.M., Joyner, S.N., Hughes, S.M., Fomby, T.B., Luby, J.P. and Haley, R.W. 2013. The 2012 West Nile encephalitis epidemic in Dallas, Texas. Jama, 310(3), pp.297-307.
  5. Bolling, B.G., Barker, C.M., Moore, C.G., Pape, W.J. and Eisen, L. 2009. Seasonal patterns for entomological measures of risk for exposure to Culex vectors and West Nile virus in relation to human disease cases in northeastern Colorado. Journal of Medical Entomology, 46(6), pp.1519-1531.
  6. Nasci, R.S. and Mutebi, J.P. 2019. Reducing West Nile virus risk through vector management. Journal of medical entomology, 56(6), pp.1516-1521.



Roger Nasci, Ph. D. Related Seminars and Products

Dr. Roger S. Nasci received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology from Ohio University, and a Ph.D. in Entomology from the University of Massachusetts. He has served as Associate Professor in the Dept. of Biological and Environmental Sciences at McNeese State University, Chief of the Arboviral Diseases Branch at the CDC Division of Vector-Borne Diseases, and Director of the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District. Nasci has published over 120 research papers on mosquitoes and the viruses they transmit and has participated in developing numerous national and international arbovirus surveillance and response programs.

Sarah Wheeler, Ph. D. Related Seminars and Products

Sarah Wheeler was introduced to the world of mosquito control while studying the role of wild birds in the spread of West Nile virus. She went on to earn a Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis, investigating the overwintering mechanisms of West Nile virus with Dr. William Reisen. Sarah started working as the Biologist at Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District in 2015 where she conducted applied research on product efficacy, emerging products, and application techniques. Currently, she is the Laboratory Director at Sac-Yolo MVCD where she oversees the surveillance arm of the District’s operations working to provide actionable data that is used to select and escalate mosquito control strategies.