Vector Control expands outreach after mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

June 27, 2018

It’s ‘National Mosquito Awareness Week’ and after mosquitos tested positive for West Nile Virus in parts of the valley this month, Coachella Valley Vector Control is expanding its outreach hoping to raise awareness to people and visitors in the affected areas.

Vector control’s public information officer Jill Oviatt is going to hotels and Homeowner Associations in Palm Desert and Indian Wells dropping off several items including mosquitos swatters, repellents, and wipes. Oviatt is also reminding those people to protect themselves from mosquitos.

It’s a message vector control spreads year round, but the organization is being even more proactive about it after several mosquitos tested positive for WNV.

“Suddenly we saw it in Indian Wells and Palm Desert which is very rare. But after doing our truck mounted operations, we’re seeing a drop in the mosquito population and no more virus activity at this time, but it could pop up here or somewhere else in the valley,” Oviatt said.

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