Local governments and mosquito control programs often use an integrated mosquito management (IMM) or integrated vector management (IVM) approach to control mosquitoes. IMM uses a combination of methods to prevent and control mosquitoes that spread viruses, like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. IMM uses methods to control mosquitoes based on an understanding of mosquito biology, the mosquito life cycle, and the way mosquitoes spread viruses to develop plans for controlling mosquitoes. IMM uses methods that, when followed correctly, are safe and have been scientifically proven to reduce mosquito populations.
Everyone can help control mosquitoes.
- Professionals from local government departments or mosquito control districts develop mosquito control plans, perform tasks to control larvae and adult mosquitoes, and evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken.
- You, your neighbors, and the community can also take steps to reduce mosquitoes in and around your home and in your neighborhood.