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Publications

Public Health Mosquito Management Strategy- For Decision Makers and Communities (Revised August 2004) - Written by Toni Nunez and Shawnee Hoover with the help of experienced staff at Beyond Pesticides, public health officials, mosquito control officers, and environmental health groups. This plan includes the safest and most effective methods of mosquito management to prevent West Nile virus (WNV). Traditional aerial and ground spraying is not only a public health hazard but also a costly and ineffective way to prevent the spread of WNV or other mosquito-borne diseases. This strategy advocates public education, source reduction, surveillance and monitoring, natural controls, and a layered response plan.

The Truth About West Nile Virus: Bad information and fear lead to dangerous responses (April 2003) - What are the real risks from the disease and the chemical response to it? Here are some facts to fend off the fear.

DEET and Permethrin: A Dangerous Combination. A Beyond Pesticides review of a groundbreaking study on combined exposure by researchers at Duke University.

Can Pesticides Have Public Health Benefits? Control of West Nile Virus Sparks Debate on Widespread Pesticide Use (June 2002). Issue overview by Jay Feldman.

Managing Mosquitoes Without Poisoning People (June 2002) - Local public health officials need to take a close look at how to control West Nile without poisoning people with ineffective and dangerous pesticides.

What is West Nile Virus? (September 2001) This informative online brochure explains the basics of West Nile virus.

An Open Letter to Public Officials on Mosquito-Borne Disease Control (Winter 1999)

Pesticide Factsheets: DEET; Synthetic Pyrethroids; Malathion; Chlorpyrifos; others

See also Beyond Pesticides public comments on Mosquito and Insect-Borne Disease issues.