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Pest control and wildlife relationships


Pest control and wildlife relationships

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    George C. Decker
Excerpt from book: PEST CONTROL IN PUBLIC HEALTH Samuel W. Simmons U. S. Public Health Service During the 20th century, remarkable progress has been made in eliminating vector-borne diseases from the United States. Such scourges as yellow fever, urban plague, dengue fever, and malaria are no longer with us. Although the reasons for the disappearance of these diseases are not fully known, it is felt that a combination of many factors was responsible, among which are: general improvement in individual health and chemotherapeutic control, concentrated efforts to control vector species in strategic areas with more efficient methods, general public education on hazards associated with the diseases, and improved sanitation in urban areas. It is of interest to note that the elimination of these diseases was not contingent upon eradication of the arthropod vector, because the yellow fever mosquito, the common malaria mosquito, and the oriental rat flea are still well established in this country. Increasing Importance of Vector Problems In view of the foregoing information, it may seem paradoxical to note that vector control activities throughout the United States have increased considerably during recent years, both in the extent of area covered and the types of problems included in control programs. Today's vector control activities are directed principally against vectors of mosquito-borne viral encephalitis and innumerable "pests" that interfere with man's physical and mental comfort as well as producing secondary infections and allergic manifestations. In addition to mosquitoes, other pestiferous arthropods include sandflies, dog flies, blind mosquitoes or non-biting midges, blackflies, ticks, fleas, and chiggers. The public health importance of vector problems is being intensified due t...  
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