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Vector Control District
El Dorado County's Vector Control District was formed in 1963 in response to citizen complaints regarding an abundance of pest mosquitoes. The opportunity to establish a mosquito abatement district was passed over in favor of a county service area which would be governed by the County Board of Supervisors. In 1980 the District was upgraded to a Vector Control District. The District belongs to the
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) and interacts regionally and nationally with other public agencies.
The District's service area encompasses 195 square miles from the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range near Echo Summit to the shore of Lake Tahoe in both the City of South Lake Tahoe and the unincorporated area of El Dorado County. Our mission is to provide quality Vector Control services and protect the public health and safety with minimal impact to the environment.
The Mosquito Control Program in Tahoe (East Slope) and on the West Slope have been designated as seasonal programs with mosquito control services provided during the mosquito season, usually from late Spring into the Fall season. The Tahoe program also provides services for yellowjacket control.
For services in El Dorado County, West Slope (Placerville area) call (530) 621-5300. Mosquito fish can be provides free of charge. Please report any abandoned swimming pools or possible mosquito breeding sources to our offices. For services in the Tahoe Basin call (530) 573-3197. Mosquito fish are not used in the Tahoe Basin.
The West Nile Virus hotline will continue to take reports of dead birds and squirrels. State of California Hotline 1-877-968-2473 (1-877- WNV-BIRD). You can also make a report of a dead bird online at: www.westnile.ca.gov For more information on West Nile Virus prevention, please go to www.fightthebite.net
- Drain the water. Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding.
- Avoid going out during dusk and dawn. Mosquitoes are active during these times. They are especially active for two hours after sunset.
- Dress appropriately. Wear long sleeves and long pants. Also make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
- Wear a good repellant that has DEET in it. Apply according to directions.