§ 7. Plan for the control of insects that may carry a disease that is dangerous to humans (Disease-Carrying Insects).  

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  • The disease-carrying insects program implemented in the Service District will be an Integrated Pest Management Program which shall use, but shall not be limited to, resources provided by the Service District, as well as federal and state agencies. The purpose of the disease-carrying insects program is to suppress the transmission of diseases that are dangerous to humans, e.g., West Nile virus, that are known to be carried by insects, i.e., mosquitoes, and to minimize hazards to humans and to the environment from pest infestation treatment. The program will be an annual operation with the following major elements: identification of infestations of insects that may carry diseases dangerous to humans through insect surveillance and monitoring; development of a plan to suppress the transmission cycle of the disease using appropriate mechanical, biological, and/or chemical means; provision of suppression information to County citizens; and treatment of insect infestations in accordance with the response plan.

    The County disease-carrying insects program initially will include and incorporate the West Nile virus response plans which are promulgated and published on an annual basis by the Virginia Department of Health and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The County will employ only those insecticides which are registered with the United States Environmental Protection Agency and which are sanctioned for use by the Commonwealth of Virginia. The County disease-carrying insects program also may include local integrated pest management suppression strategies which shall be outlined in the description of the County's annual disease-carrying insects program. This program shall be submitted for prior approval to the Board of Supervisors on an annual basis.

    Citizen self-help will emphasize the following elements. In the summer and fall citizens are encouraged to participate in the "Tip and Toss" program which is aimed at locating and eliminating mosquito breeding areas by eliminating standing stagnant water. In the spring, citizens will be informed and reminded of the importance of eliminating potential mosquito breeding areas. Additionally, the Pest Program Staff will provide technical assistance to citizens and citizen organizations who desire to conduct private infestation treatment on their land. Public education will be a continuous part of the program. It will provide information about infestations and methods to minimize the effects of infestations to all citizens in the Service District. (28-03-I.)