Vectors & Public Health


Vector-borne disease is the cause of death in more than 1 million people every year worldwide. Mosquito and vector control agencies in California have protected public health against vector-borne disease and maintained quality of life by controlling nuisance mosquitoes for over 100 years.

Mosquitoes, the deadliest creatures on earth, need standing water to develop. Without it, they cannot complete their lifecycle. In California, mosquitoes can breed in just about any type of water. Learn more »
Vector-borne Diseases
Mosquito and vector control agencies work diligently to suppress vector-borne diseases. Statewide, many different pathogens are transmitted by vectors and the potential for the introduction of new pathogens always exists. In California, mosquitoes, ticks, and rodents are the greatest threat to public health. Learn more »
Prevention & Protection
Tips on how to eliminate and prevent mosquito breeding sources and how to protect yourself from mosquito bites. Learn more »
Other Vectors
Many insects and animals other than mosquitoes can make people sick or cause them serious harm. In California alone there are over 150 species capable of impacting human health. Learn more »
Integrated Vector Management
MVCAC member agencies utilize Integrated Vector Management to protect public health. This method combines multiple tools to effectively control vector populations. Learn more »
Sterile Insect Techniques (SIT)
New methods to control invasive Aedes, such as Sterile Insect Techniques, are needed more than ever to protect the health and well-being of Californians.Learn more »
Answers to commonly asked questions on the different mosquito species, mosquito-borne diseases, and mosquito control strategies can be found in this section. Learn more »