A vector is an organism or animal (such as an insect or mouse) that transmits an infectious agent capable of causing disease. For example, a mosquito is a vector for many diseases, including West Nile Virus. In the control of vectors, a primary emphasis should be on basic community environmental sanitation to eliminate the conditions that make possible their survival and reproduction. Public Health - Idaho North Central District provides the following services:
- Consultation and investigation of reported communicable diseases and outbreaks arising from exposure to environmental factors.
- Respond to public inquiries about vector related problems including mosquitoes, rodents, bats, ticks, flies and spiders.
Bed bugs, a problem worldwide, are resurging, causing property loss, expense, and inconvenience. The good news is that bed bugs do not transmit disease. The best way to prevent bed bugs is regular inspection for signs of an infestation.