An aggressive day-biting mosquito species, (Aedes aegypti ) that is a threat to public health has been detected in the yards of homes in our neighborhood. Door-to-door inspections, trapping and other measures are being taken to contain the threat. If you have not yet coordinated with the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) about an inspection of your yard, please schedule an appointment by calling (760) 342-8287.
The District asked that the following message be shared with all residents of the Tahquitz River Estates neighborhood:
- The Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District is conducting door-to-door mosquito inspections in communities within the area bordered by Sunrise Way, South Palm Canyon Drive, East Palm Canyon Drive, and Ramon Road.
- Their operation is in response to an increase in mosquito bite complaints and detection of the Aedes aegypti mosquito species.
- This mosquito is an invasive species to the Coachella Valley, first detected here in 2016.
- It is an aggressive day biting mosquito that is both a nuisance and a threat to public health due to the mosquito’s ability to transmit serious viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, yellow fever, and Zika.
- Although there have been no reports of mosquitoes transmitting these viruses to people in California, local transmission has been reported in Florida and could begin here if an infected traveler was bitten by a mosquito here.
- Please cooperate with District technicians and call to make an appointment for an inspection of your yard at (760) 342-8287.
- A technician will look through your yard for any standing water and check for mosquito breeding; and they will provide you with educational materials on how to keep your property free of mosquito attractants and help you rid your yard of mosquito breeding sources.
- If you are away for the summer, you can instruct your neighbors, property manager, or property maintenance to schedule an appointment and allow technicians in your yard.
- For any questions and to watch a video about how to rid your property of mosquito sources, please visit the District’s website at http://www.cvmvcd.org.
- Thank you for your cooperation and support in protecting people in the community from mosquito-borne diseases.