Vectors of Concern

eye gnat


house fly


What is a vector?

Vectors, as defined by the California Department of Public Health, are “any insect or other arthropod, rodent or other animal of public health significance capable of harboring or transmitting the causative agents of human disease, or capable of causing human discomfort and injury." In other words, a vector is an insect or animal capable of making people sick or causing them harm.

The District’s mission is to keep vector populations below levels where they become a serious public health problem, leading to an outbreak of disease.

By monitoring environmental conditions that can increase risks for vector-borne disease, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District can help protect the overall health of the public.

What are the vectors of concern in the Coachella Valley?