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What is a Vector?

A vector is “Any animal capable of transmitting the causative agent of human disease or capable of producing human discomfort or injury, including but not limited to: mosquitoes, flies, mites, ticks, other arthropods, and rodents and other vertebrates”. (California Health and Safety Code Section 2002(k)).

The District’s objectives are 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 if it's not a vector?

Coachella Valley insects don't always pose a health threat and therefore, are not vectors! Some of the most commonly reported insects can be found here.

Vectors of concern FAQ's

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