Insect and rodent control through environmental management : a community action programme
Other TitlesControl de insectos y roedores mediante gestión ambiental : un programa de acción comunitaria
AbstractA kit containing a range of materials designed to support a do-it-yourself, community approach to the control of insect and rodent infestations in urban slums and shantytowns. Noting that the residents of such settlements are often in the best position to combat insect and rodent pests, the kit concentrates on the feasibility of immediate community action, explaining and illustrating the many simple, inexpensive control measures that depend on behavioural changes as well as on improvements in housing, sanitation, and waste management. Throughout, suggested lines of action place firm emphasis on environmental cleanup and hygiene as opposed to the use of chemicals. Innovative measures, such as the cultivation of fish that prey on mosquito larvae and the use of home-made rodent baits and fly traps, are also presented and explained. Packed in an attractive carrying case, the kit has three components: a manual for training selected community members to become experts in the recognition and management of disease vectors, a set of 62 illustrated information and action cards for use in educating and motivating individual residents, families, and community groups, and a series of seven model games that can help stimulate community interest. The core of the manual consists of a training syllabus presenting basic facts about the distribution, public health importance, biology and behaviour, and environmental control of assassin bugs, bedbugs, cockroaches, houseflies, lice, mosquitos, rats, and sandflies. Each training unit includes a tabular presentation of actions that can be taken at different levels in the community, and a quiz for testing the knowledge acquired. Other sections explain general measures of environmental control through solid waste management, wastewater management, and improvements in sanitation and house design. The 62 information and action cards are visual aids conveying, via simple text and drawings, basic facts about the behaviour of individual insects and rodents, their favourite habitats, factors encouraging infestation and the spread of disease, and the actions that can be taken by individuals and communities to outsmart these pests
World Health Organization & United Nations Environment Programme. (1991). Insect and rodent control through environmental management : a community action programme. Geneva : World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/38143
DescriptionPublished by the World Health Organization in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme
107 p. + 5 games : cardboard + 1 file of teaching cards in case.
Other Language VersionsEnglish
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World Health Organization; United Nations Environment Programme (1993)