Vector Control

Vector Control works to decrease potential disease vectors, including mosquitoes and rats, both of which spread disease and are a nuisance. The program also responds to reports of other potential disease vectors.


Common Vectors

A vector is an organism, typically a biting insect or tick, that transmits a disease or parasite from one animal or plant to another.


Mosquitoes can carry diseases which threaten the public health, including West Nile virus, and several forms of encephalitis. For more information about mosquitoes, West Nile, and preventing bites, click here.


Bats pose a threat to safety because if they bite a human or companion animal (i.e., dog or cat), there is the possibility of disease transmission, such as rabies. For more information about bats and rabies, click here.


Ticks are commonly found in Missouri and can carry various tickborne illnesses. For more information on preventing tick bites, how to remove a tick, and symptoms of tickborne illness, click here

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