The County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health's (DEH) Vector Surveillance and Control Program was created to protect and promote public health, safety and welfare by preventing vector-borne diseases and minimizing vector-caused discomfort by suppressing mosquitoes, flies, domestic rodents and other vectors.
In 2005, a ballot measure was presented to property owners to decide whether DEH should receive additional funding to support mosquito, vector and disease control services. Property owners were advised that a portion of the money raised by this measure would be used for a Vector Habitat Remediation Program (Program) that would implement long-term solutions for controlling mosquito breeding habitat and providing better protection to the public from vector-borne diseases.
Under this Program, grant funding will be offered to landowners and managers, including public sector entities, to physically alter chronic mosquito breeding sites in ways that will reduce mosquito breeding habitats and improve the effectiveness of mosquito breeding control measures in a more environmentally friendly way. The Program provides a strong focus on designing, modifying and maintaining wetlands and stormwater facilities to function in a way that would reduce or eliminate mosquito breeding habitat while balancing the water quality, biological, aesthetic and hydrological values of wetlands.
On January 25, 2012 the Board of Supervisors authorized the Director of the Department of Environmental Health to issue grant notices, and enter into agreements with grant recipients. In addition to these competitive grants, DEH will award some direct grants to address acute breeding habitat problems identified by Vector Surveillance and Control Program staff of brought forward by local agencies or property owners.
Please check back for Program Updates. If you have any further questions, please contact the County of San Diego Vector Control Program at (858) 694-2888 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.