Our Environmental Health Specialists manage various vectors and environments as part of our disease control and sanitation efforts. Managing the various species of pests and nuisance animals in Town requires a team effort in many cases. With vendors and public agency partnerships we address:
- Canada Geese; which will destroy fields and parks causing countless dollars in damage if left unchecked. Our contracted vendor Atlantic Goose Management provides harassment of Canada Geese which discourages their nesting, as well as the application of a non-lethal pesticide to certain areas which discourages their destruction of fields. This is done with USDA Permits as the Canada Goose is a protected species of bird.
- Mosquitoes; which carry West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis are controlled with assistance from the Northeast Massachusetts Wetlands Management and Mosquito Control District. The Board of Health has not "sprayed" adulticide for many years, but continues to provide treatment of catch basins with a biologic pesticide. More importantly though, surveillance is conducted and mosquito pools are differentiated by species of mosquito and tested for virus.
- Rodents; which carry too many diseases to list, are addressed usually as neighborhood concerns or sometimes with individual property owners. Efforts begin with education for residents but can escalate to an Order to Correct conditions which encourage their populations to grow. The Board of Health requires that any structure which is to be demolished be inspected for rodent infestation and extermination conducted when indicated. Pest control on private property is always the responsibility of the homeowner or occupant. The Board of Health is happy to consult with homeowners or neighborhoods on best practices which would help reduce pesticide use. We never recommend attempting to use any pesticide on your own.
- School IPM; all Danvers schools are required by state law to maintain Integrated Pest Management Plans. This is a system of pest control which addresses food, water, harborage and points of entry prior to giving pesticide use consideration. Additionally, the law restricts which pesticides may be used. The Environmental Health Specialists maintain these written plans and manage our contracted pest technicians. We work very closely with the Department of Public Works Building and Grounds Division. Separate plans are maintained for all schools both indoors and outdoors.
- Other; Occasionally we are asked to assist with the management of other problem animals such as beavers, racoons, skunks. Typically, our Animal Care Program will intervene. With certain species such as Beavers, there are permitting procedures prior to trapping or destroying dams.