West Nile and Saint Louis Encephalitis Virus Awareness

What You Can Do

West Nile virus (WNV) and Saint Louis encephalitis virus (SLEV) are most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. You can reduce your risk of being infected with mosquito-borne diseases by using insect repellent and wearing protective clothing to prevent mosquito bites. You can also help reduce areas where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Remember to dump and drain standing water on your property, report neglected pools to the District at (760) 342-8287 and report dead birds to the WNV hotline at (877) 968-247 or the online reporting tool.

Explore the publications and videos below to learn more about how you can "Fight the Bite" and protect yourself from mosquito-borne disease!

Watch, Listen and Share

  • Dump it! Drain it! Scrub it Clean! Your Weekly Mosquito Prevention Routine:


  • Fight the Bite Newspaper Insert:


If you are having trouble viewing the publication, please view the PDF in ENGLISH or in SPANISH.

  • Check out our new TV and Cinema Video Ad on West Nile virus:


  • How people in the Coachella Valley are Fighting the Bite:

Fight the Bite! Protect Coachella Valley. Together.

  • Fight the Bite Flash Mob at the Westfield Mall, April 24, 2013:

  • Mosquito Control and Why It's Important to You - by Bayer CropScience

  • WNV prevention and protection tips bookmark (JPEG)
WNV English WNV Spanish
  • Learn more about WNV and how it spreads in this handy FAQ:

WNV FAQ from the American Academy of Microbiology

  • Learn more about the proper use and safety of insect repellents:

Is DEET Safe To Use? Yet another review of the science answers: Yes (Popular Science)

Insect Repellent Tips bookmark (JPEG):

WNV English WNV Spanish

Pick-up Informational Materials

At your local city hall, library, and community centers and organizations.

Look and Listen for our Ads

At your local movie theater, in the Desert Sun, on TV and radio, and online at city and local community organization websites.

Protecting Coachella Valley from the dangers of WNV is a community effort. Join us. Protect Coachella Valley and Fight the Bite. Together! For more information, contact the District at (760) 342-8287 or contact us.