The eye gnat program utilizes thousands of baited bottle traps to “Trap Out” and reduces the abundance of eye gnats to tolerable nuisance levels. These traps are located at golf courses, parks, and agricultural areas. Eye gnats are very small (1.5-2.5 mm long) flies, primarily a nuisance pest that does not bite. They have been linked with the spread of “pinkeye” (conjunctivitis).
Fly populations benefit from both urban development and agricultural activities in the Coachella Valley. The District’s goal is to suppress valley fly populations to tolerable levels and reduce the risk of fly transmitted diseases. To accomplish this objective, the fly program includes surveillance, public education, and suppression methods. Watch our video on how to build a fly and eye gnat trap or read the instruction sheet.
Hives or swarms found on residential property are the responsibility of the homeowner. If a bee hive is found in or on a private structure, we encourage residents to contact a licensed bee keeper or private pest control company licensed for bee removal. Private pest control operators licensed by the State can be found here or (916) 372-4363.
The District is not associated with nor can recommend one company/service over another. Residents are urged to thoroughly research any business and request several quotes before agreeing to service.
Once the hive is removed District staff can offer guidance on how to “bee proof” the property to reduce the likelihood that bees will reestablish a colony there.
The District may carry out bee removal in cases where hives or swarms are located in a non-structural and accessible location, such as trees and bushes, in a public place where the bees pose an imminent threat to the public. Please read our Living with Honey Bees brochure for more information.