Vector Control in the Greater El Paso Community
The City of El Paso's Vector Control Program takes a proactive approach protecting the El Paso community and surrounding municipalities by controlling and eradicating mosquitos. Additionally, the team is responsible for addressing concerns related to stagnant water, rodent and select insect infestations, ticks and fleas (excluding bees).
A vector is defined as any agent (person, animal, or micro-organism) that carries and transmits an infectious pathogen into another living organism.
The Vector Control Team is tasked with:
- Inspecting for stagnant water, rodents, and select insects
- Trapping and sampling mosquitos for potential diseases
- Treating and monitoring bodies of water (canals, ditches, reservoirs)
- Fogging public right-of-ways including in surrounding municipalities
The Vector Control Team also provides educational outreach to the community. The team participates in community events such as career days and health fairs, providing preventative steps and information to stop the spread of vector related diseases. If you would like to request the Vector Control program for an event or presentation, please contact 3-1-1.
Vector Control & Bees
Vector Control understands that bees are a vital part of the ecosystem and advocates for their relocation whenever possible as an alternative to eradication. Vector Control does not provide services for the removal of bees due to state regulations nor does the team provide extermination services or address concerns regarding wasps.
Citizens in El Paso County are fortunate enough to take advantage of locally grown food. This is why farmers in the area should make it a priority to help combat mosquito infestations on their farmlands. Mosquitos are a threat to livestock, pets, and workers. Mosquitos can transmit diseases that hinder milk production, affect horses, goats, and dogs. For more information on preventative steps please click on the link below.
- Zika Virus information (Health Department)
- Chikungunya Virus (CDC)
- West Nile Virus (CDC)
- Rodent-borne Diseases (CDC)
- Vector-borne Diseases (CDC)