Vector control is any method used to eradicate or limit vectors of disease, and aims to contribute to the reduction of the public health burden caused by vector-borne diseases. Some such diseases, like Zika and dengue fever, do not yet have effective cures, so vector control is particularly important and remains the only way to protect human populations.
Common vector control methods include environmental management to modify vector breeding sites, chemical control with insecticides, and methods to reduce contact with vectors, such as bed nets and window screens.