"To detect and minimize vector-borne diseases, abate mosquitoes, and assist the public in resolving problems with rodents, wildlife, and insects that can cause disease, discomfort or injury in humans."
The Vector Control District (“District”) was formed in 1988 and is one of 12 special districts located in the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, charged with providing vector control per California Health and Safety and California Government Codes. The District is one of six in the State where the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors acts as trustee. Funding for District work comes from a county-wide property tax assessment.
Santa Clara County is home to many animals and insects, capable of causing discomfort to the public and potential illness or injury. The District offers a variety of services and education to help the public protect themselves from animals and insects which can be harmful to human health.
These services include:
- Detect presence/prevalence of vector-borne diseases, such as Plague, West Nile Virus, rabies, & Lyme disease, through ongoing surveillance and testing.
- Regularly inspect known mosquito and rodent sources and treat, as necessary, of known mosquito breeding sources.
- Respond to customer initiated service requests for identification, advice, and/or control measures for mosquitoes, rodents, wildlife, and other invertebrates (ticks, yellow jackets, cockroaches, bees, fleas, flies, etc.).
- Present at schools, homeowners associations, private businesses, civic groups and other interested groups.
- Create and distribute educational material on all vectors and vector-borne diseases.
- Identification of insects and other arthropods by a vector ecologist.
The public can electronically place a service request or call the District for an onsite consultation for rodent, wildlife and mosquito problems in Santa Clara County.
The Vector Control District is part of the Consumer and Environmental Protection Agency (CEPA). To learn more about the Agency, click on the links below.