Mosquito Surveillance Results-Interactive Map Now Available
Author: Environmental Health Services Staff
3/4/2020 11:45:31 AM
Mosquito surveillance sites and trapping results from Environmental Health.
View the new Mosquito Surveillance Results-Interactive Map
Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance. They can transmit a variety of diseases and parasites to humans and animals.
In an effort to begin assessing native and invasive mosquito populations in our area, San Luis Obispo County Environmental Health Services is currently contracting with the Mosquito and Vector Management District of Santa Barbara and the North Salinas Valley Mosquito Abatement District to perform mosquito surveillance throughout the county. Technicians place specialized mosquito traps in areas where mosquito breeding is suspected. The traps pose no danger to humans.
Mosquitoes collected from the traps are identified and counted. Some mosquitoes are sent to a state laboratory for disease testing. Specialized traps are used to target different mosquito species. One of the traps being used specifically targets Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, the mosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus. Neither of these mosquitoes has yet been detected in San Luis Obispo county, but our area does lie within the predicted range of both species.
The county currently does not have a program in place for mosquito abatement services. Personal protection against mosquito bites is important, particularly for the elderly and small children.
Learn more about mosquitoes harborage prevention and related mosquito-borne diseases by visiting the Environmental Health Services Division Pest page.
Contact us if you have additional questions or to file a complaint.