Public Outreach

The mission of the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is to enhance the quality of life for our community by reducing vectors, such as mosquitoes, that can transmit serious viruses to people. Providing education to the public about vectors and vector-borne diseases that affect our Valley is key to achieving that mission.

Throughout the year, the Public Outreach Department spreads the word across the Valley about how people can reduce mosquito populations by eliminating standing water where mosquitoes breed, and tips on protection from mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes & Mosquito-borne Disease

Learn more about what you can do to prevent viruses that currently are transmitted to humans in the Coachella Valley.

A new threat appeared in the Coachella Valley in May 2016. An invasive mosquito species, Aedes aegypti, was detected in the City of Coachella and has since been detected in eight of the nine Valley cities. This species is capable of transmitting serious viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, and Zika. So far, there has been no transmission of these viruses to people locally, and the District wants to keep it that way. Learn more about how you can keep this mosquito out of your area.

Play the Fight the Bite Video Game!

Informational Materials

Educational materials on vector control and disease prevention are available in both languages in print and online for Coachella Valley residents. Check out the following:

Events, Presentations & School Programs

The District participates in various community events each year. Events the District has been involved with include senior center health fairs, community health fairs, the Date Festival, the Mecca Resource Fair, the Thermal Resource Fair, and other community events. Participation in these events allows the District to educate the public about West Nile virus, mosquito prevention, and District services.

The District offers school presentations to students from preschool through post-secondary classes. Presentations focus on vectors, their biology and habitats, and the diseases they transmit. The students also learn the various methods used to help control vector populations. There is no fee for these presentations.

Teachers and community groups can contact the District at (760) 342-8287 or submit a request via email to schedule a presentation or invite us to set up a booth at an event.