Integrated Vector Management Program
The Vector Control Program (VCP) is a countywide program, within the County of San Diego Department of Environmental Health and Quality (DEHQ), that works to protect the public from vectors and the diseases they transmit by using a balanced, data-driven integrated vector management strategy.
The VCP is currently preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) to evaluate potential environmental effects of an enhanced Integrated Vector Management Program (IVMP) in order to best target new and emerging vector problems, safeguard the environment, and protect public health.
Integrated vector management uses a balanced and “lightest touch” combination of methods to reduce the risk of vector-borne diseases while minimizing effects on the environment. It involves:
- Public Education - Empowering the public with the know-how to protect themselves from vectors.
- Surveillance and Monitoring - Monitoring vector populations throughout the county to find potential problem areas.
- Disease Diagnostics - Detecting vector-borne pathogens using a state-of-the-art lab to protect public health.
- Source Reduction - Reducing vectors by removing or reducing their breeding sources.
- Source Treatment - Reducing vectors using a "lightest touch" approach. This includes biological and chemical control methods.
The report is available for review online (see below).
Public Review Period: The public comment period has concluded (October 6, 2023 – November 20, 2023).
Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (entire version, 24MB)
(Individual Chapters provided below)
October 2023 – The Vector Control Program held several virtual informational meetings on October 24 and October 26, 2023. The meetings reviewed the draft Program Environmental Impact Report which details the effects of proposed enhancements to the County's Integrated Vector Management Program that would allow the Program to better protect public health and the environment.
A recording of the presentation can be viewed here: VIDEO - Informational Meeting October 2023
November 2022 - The Vector Control Program held several virtual informational meetings on November 2 and November 8, 2022. The meetings explained how the Vector Control Program protects San Diego County residents from vectors (animals such as mosquitoes that can spread diseases to people) using integrated vector management, as well as about an upcoming review (Program Environmental Impact Report) of an enhanced version of our program to ensure our efforts remain environmentally friendly.
A recording of the presentation can be viewed here: VIDEO - Informational Meeting November 2022
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