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What is Vector Control?
Viewed 1453 times since Tue, Mar 6, 2012
Vector Control is a programme in Environmental Health, within the Department of Health, that has the responsibility to control rodents and mosquitoes in Bermuda.  Both of these vermin transmit disease and therefore pose risks to public health. Read More
What is the contact information for Environmental Health?
Viewed 1172 times since Fri, Sep 13, 2013
For Environmental Health,Tel: 278.5333, Fax: 232.1941, email: envhealth@gov.bm   For the Vector Control Section, Tel 278 5397 Our street address is: Metro Building, 6 Hermitage Rd, Devonshire FL01 Read More
Do we have Aedes mosquitoes in Bermuda?
Viewed 734 times since Tue, May 20, 2014
Yes, we have Aedes albopictus mosquitoes in Bermuda. Read More
How do you get rid of feral chickens?
Viewed 714 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Vector Control is not associated with catching and sterilising chickens. Please contact the SPCA or an alternate feline association. Read More
How can I protect myself from Chikungunya?
Viewed 606 times since Tue, May 20, 2014
There is no vaccine or medication to prevent chikungunya virus infection or disease. It is advised to: Reduce mosquito exposureUse air conditioning (mosquitoes do not like cold temperatures) or window/door screens Use mosquito repellents on expo... Read More
What mosquito controls does Bermuda have?
Viewed 578 times since Wed, May 21, 2014
The Mosquito Control Regulations under the Public Health Act states that " Every person must maintain their property free from mosquitoes." The Vector Control Section of Environmental Health works diligently to monitor mosquito distribution and elimi... Read More
Why are there more rats during one particular season versus another? For example, more rats during the summer verus during the winter.
Viewed 543 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Although it may appear that there are more rats in the summer season, this is not neccesarily accurate. The Summer has more hours of daylight in the winter, hence it seems there is more rodent activity during the summer versus winter. Read More
Does Vector Control sell snap traps for mice/rats? If yes, how much are they?
Viewed 536 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The costs are: $2.00 for mice and $5.00 for rats. Read More
What is this pink caution slip that is given to me, by Vector Control?
Viewed 526 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The pink caution slip is issued by a Vector Inspector, once your property has been surveyed. If they view issues (i.e. mosquito breeding) on your property, they will leave a caution slip with details of how to correct the problem(s). Read More
Do you accept payments over the telelphone at Vector Control?
Viewed 525 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
We do not accept payments over the telephone. Read More
How will I know if a Vector inspector has been to my property, to set out bait boxes?
Viewed 508 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
If you were unable to be at home when an inspector comes to install bait boxes on your property, a notice and/or the inspectors' business card will be left in your mailbox, to inform you that the boxes have been installed. Read More
What is Vector Control and what services do you offfer?
Viewed 507 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Vector Control is a sector of the Environmental Health Department. Vector Control focuses on rodent and mosquito disease control and prevention services. Read More
What mosquito control services are available through Vector Control?
Viewed 503 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Vector Control inspectors survey the entire island year-round, with heightened inspections during the summer season. Inspectors map out differenet neighbourhoods in their designated districts and visit each house (walk around the outside of your prop... Read More
If my dog/cat are to eat a rat/mice that has ate the poison, can they be poisoned as well?
Viewed 501 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
This will depend on how much of the mice/rat your pet has eaten. To be safe, you should contact your Veterinarian as soon as possible and make and appointment for your pet to be examined. Read More
What happens once a caution is given to me by a Vector Inspector? Do we go to court?
Viewed 500 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Your property will be re-visited, prior to any legal action commencing. If you have met the necessary corrections identified in the caution notice, then legal action will not be taken. If you have not met the issues identified in the notice, then leg... Read More
Can I come and collect my own poison, from the Vector Control office?
Viewed 494 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
No. Only Vector Control Inspectors are permitted to handle and issue out the rodent poison. This is to ensure, the safety of the public, non-targeted animals/insects and the environment. Read More
How often do the Vector inspectors rebait the traps?
Viewed 488 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Inspectors will rebait the traps once a week, if your property's status is 'open'. i.e. The job has not been closed. Read More
Does Vector Control treat inside properties?
Viewed 482 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
We do not treat inside properties i.e houses. Read More
I have mosquitos and flying ants swarming outside of my home. How do I get rid of them?
Viewed 482 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
We do not offer services for flying ants, but your concern will be forwarded to the private sector. In regards to the mosquitos, contact the office and a Vector Inspector will arrange a time and date to come meet with you and investigate the property... Read More
What is your contact information & physical/mailing address at Vector Control?
Viewed 471 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
 The office can be contacted by telephone on: (441) 278-5397 or (441) 275-5333.  Our address is, Metro Building, 6 Hermitage Rd, Devonshire FL01.   Read More
What do I do if I have a mosquito problem in my neighbourhood?
Viewed 470 times since Wed, May 21, 2014
Call the Vector Control section on 278-5397 to report, or for further advice. Read More
How are the rats captured and killed?
Viewed 469 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
We use bait boxes and place posison inside the boxes, the rodent will then ingest the poison(by thinking it is food) and will eventually die. Read More
Can I have the key for my bait boxes?
Viewed 460 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Only Vector Inspectors are allowed to have access to a bait box key(s). Read More
How much are bait boxes?
Viewed 453 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Bait boxes are $15.00 each. Read More
What is a tracking number?
Viewed 450 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
A tracking number is a refernce number used by a Vector Control officer to ID/track the service of your property. Read More
Do the rats go inside the boxes and die?
Viewed 449 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
This is the idea of the boxes, however is is not 100% guranteed that every rodent on your property, will go inside the boxes and die - this depends on when and where they are affected by the poison. Read More
How do I discard the rat(s)?
Viewed 448 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The rodents can be buried. Read More
How do you get rid of feral cats?
Viewed 448 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Vector Control is not associated with catching and sterilising cats. Please contact the SPCA or an alternate feline association. Read More
Who has to pay for the bait boxes if the rats are coming from the marsh or herbal grounds onto my property?
Viewed 447 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The owner of the property where the rodents have ended up. Read More
Who discards the rats?
Viewed 446 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Vector Control inspectors or the owner/renter of the property. Read More
Is baiting for rats safe?
Viewed 445 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Baiting rodents is safe, as long as the procedures are followed. Read More
I never received a tracking number from a Vector inspector, why was this?
Viewed 443 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
There could have been an oversight during service, please contact our office to get this matter addressed. Read More
What can I do to reduce the spread of the Aedes mosquitoes in my community?
Viewed 439 times since Tue, May 20, 2014
Aedes mosquitoes live in a wide range of different environments. The presence of water is of great importance for their breeding as the mosquito eggs require water in order to develop into adult mosquitoes. It is important that everybody takes action... Read More
Why doesn’t Vector Control use tins anymore to trap rats?
Viewed 438 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Tins (that may have been used by a vector inspector before on your property), are no longer used in rodent services. This is to ensure the safety of people (specifically infants/children) and animals (family pets). The poison inside the tins, could p... Read More
Can I contract Leptospirosis (Weill’s Disease) if I work and/or volunteer with domestic (home) and agriculture (farm) animals?
Viewed 437 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Please see the PDF below for detailed information on the disease and its risk factors. Read More
How secure are the bait boxes?
Viewed 436 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The bait boxes are extremely secure, if they are installed properly by the Vector Inspector. They are able to withstand all weather conditions. Read More
Are there any service costs for Vector Control?
Viewed 434 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
There are no service costs, however property owners will have to purchase bait boxes for serivces pertaning to rodents. Read More
Do you service for bees?
Viewed 432 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
We do not have services for bees/beehives. Read More
Other than using cheese, how can I catch a mouse or a rat using a sticky trap?
Viewed 430 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Bacon and/or Peanut Butter has proved successful in attracting rodents to mouse traps. Read More
Is rodent poison, sold by local vendors, as effective as Vector Controls?
Viewed 429 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
No it is not, because in majority of cases the public is not administering the poison correctly. This can lead to issues with regards to, human, animal and envrionmental safety. Read More
How do I get a tracking number?
Viewed 427 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
This is given to a client by a Vector Control inspectors when you call in, to request service. Read More
I think that my dog has been poisoned. What do I do and how can I ensure this doesn’t happen again?
Viewed 422 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
If you suspect your dog may have consumed the rodent poison, contact your Veterinarian immediately. If you have been serviced by Vector Control then call us as well, explain the situation and ask for an 'MSDS sheet'. To ensure this does not... Read More
How often does the Vector Inspector(s) come to my property?
Viewed 422 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
An inspector(s) will visit your property once a week, until they feel that their services have been effective and the 'job' can be closed. Read More
What are your hours of operation, at Vector Control?
Viewed 421 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The Vector Control office hours are Monday - Friday, 7:00a.m. - 3:00p.m. Read More
Have I paid for bait boxes before?
Viewed 419 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
If you have paid for bait boxes, you should have been given a receipt upon purchasing them, either at the office, or when a Vector Inspector came to survey the property. Our computer system also keeps track of your purchases, via your tracking/refere... Read More
Can my chickens and other animals on my farm be harmed by the rat poison?
Viewed 417 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Yes. However this may only occur if these animals ingest the poison. If this does happen, immediately contact your Veterinarian. If you have been serviced by Vector Control then call us as well, explain the situation, we may need you to fill out some... Read More
Why are the boxes placed on the boundaries of my property?
Viewed 417 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The bait boxes are placed on the boundaries of your property because, rodents walk along the perimeter of the boundaries, e.g. walls, bushes/trees etc. Read More
How long does it take for the poison affect the rat?
Viewed 417 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The poison takes around 5 - 7 days to take affect on the rat(s), but it depends on the environment i.e. if the rat has found an alternative food source. Read More
What are some prevention methods I can do around my home and/or business to decrease the rate of mosquito breeding?
Viewed 415 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Empty all stagnent (standing) water around your property. Examples: Flower pot bases Buckets, barrels Child pools, Cat and/or dog food and water bowls, Water fountains Old cans TiresJungle gym equimpent (ones that have kitchens and/or drawers)Additio... Read More
Does Vector Control utilise sprays for mosquito breeding control and prevention?
Viewed 410 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Vector control does not utilise sprays to decrease/eliminate mosquito populations. This is a preventative measure to ensure that, the environment (water sources, the air etc.) are not contaminated or negatively impacted by sprays that can be harmful ... Read More
How effective are the bait boxes?
Viewed 408 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The bait boxes are very effective. Read More
Does the Vector Control Department conduct School Presentations on mosquito and rodent prevention and control?
Viewed 407 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
Yes. The Vector Control inspectors attend school assemblies (public and private), as well as, Summer Camps and present information and mosquito and rodent prevention and control. Read More
Can I come collect my bait boxes, from the Vector Control office?
Viewed 402 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
No. The bait boxes will be brought to your property (on the arranged date and time) and assembled by a Vector Control Inspector. Read More
Who pays for the bait boxes?
Viewed 401 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
The owner of the property pays for the boxes. If you are renting a property, discuss with your landlord prior to contacting us for service. Read More
What are some prevention methods I can do around my home and/or business to decrease the rate of rodents/rodent breeding?
Viewed 399 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Please see the PDF's below for detailed rat/mouse prevention methods. Read More
What is the Malaria parasite carried by mosquitos?
Viewed 395 times since Tue, Sep 10, 2013
Please see the PDF below with regards to the Malaria Parasite.  If you have any further queries or concerns, please do not hesistate to contact the office. Read More
Do I have any bait boxes on my property? If so, how many?
Viewed 382 times since Fri, Sep 6, 2013
If you think that you have bait boxes already installed on your property, please call the office and make an enquiry. If you know your tracking/reference number please let the Vector Inspector know when you call. Read More