VECTOR CONTROL BRANCH
The Vector Control Branch (VCB) is a statewide regulatory program, mandated by law, with a large and diverse area of responsibility. The VCB safeguards public health by ensuring suppression; abatement; containment; and, eradication of disease outbreaks; alien immigrant insect vectors; and, zoonotic diseases.
Protect human health, the environment, and the quality of life for the residents and visitors of Hawaii through prevention; public outreach and education; and, control of vector organisms and their diseases.
INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT (IPM).
The VCB utilizes the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) paradigm. We believe that the very first step to any vector abatement begins with vector education.
“An effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means, and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.
“The IPM approach can be applied to both agricultural and non-agricultural settings, such as the home, garden, and workplace. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides. In contrast, organic food production applies many of the same concepts as IPM but limits the use of pesticides to those that are produced from natural sources, as opposed to synthetic chemicals.” (EPA)