The Jackson County Vector Control District (JCVCD) was formed by public vote in 1968 to address significant mosquito problems being experienced by county residents. Our mission is to maintain mosquito populations below nuisance levels and to prevent human infection associated with mosquito-borne diseases. JCVCD is an Oregon Special District acting under state authority outlined in ORS452 and serves all residents of Jackson County. The district has its own tax base and budget and is governed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the Jackson County Board of Commissioners.
During the summer of 1969, JCVCD began locating, mapping, and treating mosquito sources throughout the county such as irrigated pastures, log ponds, and sprinkled log decks. As Jackson County’s population increased, more and more homes were built near these sources causing an increase in human contact with mosquitoes. Over time, certain types of mosquito sources have declined in the county, primarily due to a shrinking logging industry and the conversion of agricultural lands while other source types are increasing, particularly those associated with irrigated pastureland and urban/suburban areas. The regular occurrence of West Nile virus in the county since the first detection in 2004 reiterates the continued importance of controlling both nuisance and disease vectoring mosquito species.
Training and Education
JCVCD staff are fully licensed by the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA) in the application of professional, cutting-edge mosquito control products and are required to abide by all applicable local, state, and federal laws. JCVCD staff receive ongoing training and continuing education to maintain ODA Public Pesticide Applicator licenses. Staff attend annual trainings and conferences for professional pesticide applicators and vector control personnel to stay current on safety information and technical developments. As public employees, staff must also attend yearly trainings for government employees on a variety of topics like public records management, sexual harassment/discrimination prevention in the workplace, and courses on legal and ethical matters.