State Investigates Misuse of Pesticide for Bed Bug Control


Vermont Department of Health - Communication Office 802-863-7281
Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets - Alison Kosakowski 802-272-4547

Agriculture Agency and Health Department Working to Contact Customers

The Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets has summarily suspended the license of a pesticide applicator, Cary Buck of AAA Accredited Pest Control of North Clarendon, for misuse of a pesticide in treating a residence for bed bugs.

Health and Agriculture Experts to Present 2013 EEE Surveillance & Response Plan


Communication Office, 802-863-7281

Health and Agriculture Experts to Present 2013 EEE Surveillance & Response Plan
Public Meeting at Brandon Town Hall on July 10, 5-7 p.m.

BURLINGTON – The State of Vermont plan for monitoring mosquito activity this summer, and responding to mosquito-borne health threats will be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, July 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brandon Town Hall.

VAAFM Announces Revised Permit Requirements for Pet Shops and Breeders


Dr. Kristin Haas, 802-828-1056

Act 30, passed during the 2013 legislative session, amended the Pet Merchant licensing program that was historically managed by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM).  In its prior form, the Pet Merchant licensing program mandated that all hobby breeders and retail pet shops license with VAAFM.

Flood Precautions Advised in Advance of Heavy Rains


Communication Office, Vermont Department of Health, 802-863-7281 
Mark Bosma, Public Information Officer, Vermont Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, (800) 347-0488

BURLINGTON – With record rain levels in May, near record levels in June, and periods of heavy rain predicted this evening, the Vermont Department of Health and Vermont Emergency Management are reminding everyone to heed warnings and take all precautions to protect health and safety.

Agency of Agriculture issues Flood Precautions to Farmers and Pet Owners


Alison Kosakowski, Vermont Agency of Agriculture, 802-828-2430

The National Weather Service indicates some areas of Vermont may experience flooding in the next 24-48 hours. With this information in mind, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets (VAAFM) urges farmers and pet-owners to prepare now for flooding and potential power outages associated with the upcoming heavy rains. Please monitor local weather reports for more information about how the weather will impact your area.

Fight the Bite: Take Precautions Against Mosquito-borne Illness

EEE/West Nile Virus Information Line Starts Today: 800-913-1139


Communication Office, 802-863-7281

BURLINGTON – Mosquitoes can be more than a nuisance – not only do they take your blood and make you itch, they can also spread viral diseases such as West Nile virus and Eastern equine encephalitis.

As the coming warm weather brings out the insects, the Health Department encourages Vermonters to enjoy outdoor activities while taking simple precautions to avoid bites.