The Entomology and Vector Control Program is responsible for the prevention and management of insect-transmitted diseases in the State of Mississippi. Entomologists survey and analyze the insect population of the state and direct efforts to control disease-carrying insects and related species.
Technical expertise on all aspects of insects and other arthropods, and the health problems they cause, as well as control methods (including safe use of pesticides).
Write educational brochures, articles, and other materials to inform the public about vector control issues.
Identify arthropod specimens for the public.
Provide entomology/vector control training to Public Health Environmentalists.
We perform identification of unknown arthropod specimens for the public. We can identify specimens of insects, spiders, ticks, or mites of medical importance. MSDH does not, however, provide identification services for agricultural, urban, or garden pests. Those specimens should be sent to the Cooperative Extension Service.
Specimens should be placed in closed, airtight containers with isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and delivered to our Central Office. Directions and mailing address »
Please do not send live specimens through the mail.
Entomology and Vector Control Program
Mississippi State Department of Health
570 East Woodrow Wilson
Jackson, MS 39216