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Vector Control’s Mission is to detect and minimize vector-borne diseases, to abate mosquitoes, and to assist the public in resolving problems with rodents, wildlife, and insects of medical significance.

What’s a vector?

A vector can be a mosquito, a rat, a flea, a tick, any animal or insect that can transmit disease or cause harm to humans.

What exactly is Vector Control?

The Santa Clara County Vector Control District is a County public health program that controls and monitors disease-carrying insects such as mosquitoes and ticks, and other harmful pests such as yellow jackets and rats. Primary services include:

  • Detection of the presence/prevalence of vector borne disease through planned tests, surveys, and sampling
  • Inspection and treatment of known mosquito and rodent sources
  • Response to customer initiated service requests for identification, advisory, and/or control measures for mosquitoes, rodents, wildlife, and miscellaneous invertebrates (ticks, yellow jackets, cockroaches, fleas, etc.)
  • Promotion of public awareness through outreach and educational services

Services​

Our programs and services are provided free of charge to all residents of the Santa Clara County.

  • Mosquito Inspection and Control
  • Mosquito Fish
  • Rats and Mice Inspection & Advice
  • Insect Identification
  • Wildlife Advice and Inspection
  • Community Education

THE SANTA CLARA COUNTY VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT JOINS THE SAN MATEO VECTOR CONTROL DISTRICT TO FIGHT AEDES AEGYPTI, A NEW INVASIVE AND DISEASE CARRYING MOSQUITO SPECIES

Following the detection of Aedes aegypti (the yellow fever mosquito) in Menlo Park on August 2013, the Santa Clara County Vector Control District (SCCVCD), in coordination with the San Mateo Vector Control District (SMVCD), has started a monitoring program to early detect and treat any invasion of this mosquito species.

This mosquito is not native to California and is an efficient carrier of diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, and chikungunya. Aedes aegypti is a small, dark mosquito with white markings and banded legs. It may be active around dusk but bites most often during the day and readily enters homes.

Aedes aegypti joins Aedes albopictus (the Asian Tiger mosquito) as a new vector and public health threat in California. Just two years ago, the Aedes albopictus was found in the cities of El Monte and South El Monte in Los Angeles County. The day-biting Asian Aedes albopictus is characterized by its small size and the black and white stripes across its body and legs. This mosquito also can transmit various vector-borne diseases such as dengue and chikungunya. Since its detection in 2011, Southern California mosquito control agencies have been working aggressively to control and eradicate this invasive species.

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