The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is an invasive mosquito species in the Coachella Valley and is capable of transmitting serious viruses, such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika. It was first detected in the valley in 2016. The District is working proactively to reduce the chances of mosquito-to-human transmission. In addition to our routine surveillance program, the District is actively monitoring for invasive Aedes mosquito species and carrying out enhanced surveillance and control activities as per the District Invasive Mosquito Species Response Plan in an effort to eliminate them.
One tool that mosquito control professionals are utilizing is called the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT). Learn more by clicking the link.