Vectors and Pest Control

Pesticide Exposure in the Caribbean: A Case From Nutmeg Processing

Many developed countries around the world have implemented regulations to phase out or greatly restrict the use of pesticides. Pesticides are still utilized with minimal restrictions, however, in fumigating agricultural commodities in developing countries such as Grenada. This special report presents the case of a nutmeg factory worker in Grenada who worked with various pesticides including methyl bromide, magnesium phosphide (magtoxin), and aluminum phosphide (phostoxin) without the proper awareness and utilization of health and safety measures.

Promotional Partners

Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

Promotional Partners





Managing Pests in Schools





ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, the U.S. Territories, and the District of Columbia, and over 100,000 public health professionals these agencies employ. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO's primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the impact and formation of public or private health policy which may affect them and to provide them with guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation's health.

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NACCHO’s vision is health, equity, and security for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. NACCHO’s mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives. 

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The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a 140-plus year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health. APHA publishes the American Journal of Public Health and The Nation’s Health newspaper. At our Annual Meeting and Exposition, thousands of people share the latest public health research. We lead public awareness campaigns such as Get Ready and National Public Health Week. Together, we are creating the healthiest nation in one generation. 

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Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference Registration




Registration for the conference is available to anyone and free of charge. 

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Call for Abstracts

Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference


Submitters will be notified of their acceptance status by Wednesday, February 10.

Virtual Conference Format

NEHA is seeking abstracts that explore topics in vectors and public health pests, such as

  • rodents, ticks, mosquitoes, and bed bugs;
  • institutional integrated pest management (IPM);
  • emerging vectors and vector-borne diseases;
  • new technologies in vector and pest control;
  • climate change and vectors;
  • lessons learned;
  • inspection successes; and
  • stories from the field, among others.

Before you get started, view the 2016 Abstract Submission Guide here

Types of education sessions available include:

  • Poster presentations
  • PPT Presentations (or similar format) (including audio and/or video)

The abstract submission deadline is January 29, 2016.


Contact us at or (303) 756-9090 x304.

About the Virtual Conference

EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

Borriela Burgdorferi Lyme DiseaseEEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference is designed to bring environmental health professionals together in a unique virtual environment to exchange information and discover new solutions to issues in vectors and public health pests. 

There is no cost to attend the conference. EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference is funded through a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health.

What You Can Expect to See at the Conference

Live Sessions

EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference will include a plenary session with timely updates to the webinar Zika in the U.S.: What Environmental Health and Pest Management Professionals Need to Know.  You can find out more information about the webinar here.

The virtual conference will also include a live session on communicating the health risks associated with vectors and public health pests from an expert communication strategist and facilitator.

Conference Tracks

  • Bed Bugs
  • Vector-borne Disease
  • Vector/Pest Management and Control

Poster Hall

  • Nationwide Insecticide Susceptibility Screening Against Six Active Ingredients for United States Mosquitoes
  • Canine Leishmaniasis Loose in Las Vegas: A Case Study
  • Climate Change, Lyme Disease, and other Vector-borne Diseases in Vermont

Exhibit Hall

The exhibit hall will feature booths from the conference promotional partners and experts in the field of vectors and public health pests.

Continuing Education Credits

All sessions at the conference combined = 19.0 CEUs 

Individual session = 1.0 CEU.

Unfortunately, due to the technical limitations of the virtual platform, the conference is unable to meet the CEU requirements for the California REHS credential.

EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference

Thank you for attending the EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference!

The conference was designed to enhance the knowledge of environmental health professionals in order to help them better prepare to respond to environmental events of public health concern as well as to bring professionals together in a unique virtual environment to exchange information and discover new solutions to issues in vectors and public health pests.

You can also find presentation slides in PDF format below.


Got Bugs? Get Sued! ; Transcript

Don’t Panic! Helping Social Service Providers Cope with Bedbugs ; Transcript

Bedbugs:  What Are the Health Risks? ; Transcript 

Bedbugs in Elderly and Disabled, Low-income Housing – Getting Real! ; Transcript

Scratch That Itch: Exterminating Bedbugs through Partnerships with Private Enterprise ; Transcript

Bedbug (Cimex lectularius L.) Infestations Impact Quality of Life ; Transcript

Vector-borne Disease

Correlation Analysis of Climatic Variables, Migration, and Dengue Fever Cases in Southeast Florida ; Transcript

Environmental Health Specialists: Fishing for Fleas ; Transcript 

Here They Come: New Diseases caused by Familiar Bugs ; Transcript 

First Confirmed Case of Imported Zika Virus in Houston, Texas: Preventing Transmission ; Transcript 

Mosquitoes and Mosquito-borne Pathogens ; Transcript 

Vector/Pest Management and Control

Why Integrated Pest Management? Understanding, Designing and Resolving Implementation Challenges! ; Transcript 

Data Driven: Utilizing California’s School Pesticide Report Database to Improve Gopher Management ; Transcript 

Colorado’s Tickled Pink Campaign: Instituting a Statewide Passive Surveillance Program for Ticks ; Transcript 

New Lethal Ovitrap and Larvicidal Tiles for Control of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus ; Transcript 

Arizona School IPM Inside and Out - Implementation of School Integrated Pest Management Programs in Arizona Schools ; Transcript 




Regional Strategy to Address Bedbugs: Diverse Partnership Model for Addressing Emerging PH Issues

A re-emergence of bedbugs and resultant impacts on community resources led to the convening of a “Bedbug Summit." Attendees represented professionals from a broad spectrum of affected sectors including housing providers, homeless-shelters, education, pest control services, public health, waste stream management, and social services. During the summit, this group worked together and identified collaborative approaches to address bedbugs in the region.