About the District

The principal objective of the West Umatilla Mosquito Control District and the basic reason for its formation is to provide a comprehensive mosquito control program as the means for preventing the transmission of Western Equine Encephalitis through the reduction of its primary vector, the mosquito Culex tarsalis. Secondary objective which is also accomplished by the district’s comprehensive program includes, freedom from mosquito annoyance increasing yields in livestock, enjoyment of our yards, patios, parks, golf courses and other outdoor recreational areas.

The West Umatilla Mosquito Control District (WUMCD) was one of the first vector control program in Oregon, voter created as an independent taxing district in 1971. WUMCD has 5 appointed trustees, 3 full-time and several part-time employees. The average length of employment is approximately 10 years.

The professional staff includes the District Manager, a Field Supervisor, and an Office Administrator. WUMCD’s budget is approximately $800,000 with most of that generated by ad valorem property taxes. WUMCD is a sustaining member of the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control Association (NWMVCA), the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA), the Oregon Mosquito and Vector Control Association (OMVCA), and the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO). WUMCD participates in the Environmental Protection Agency’s Pesticide Environmental Stewardship Program (PESP) by being a “PESP partner under the NWMVCA and AMCA’s auspices”.
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INTEGRATED MOSQUITO MANAGEMENT

West Umatilla Vector Control Districts Mosquito Control Policy:
The West Umatilla Vector Control District supports management of vector populations when and where necessary by means of an integrated program designed to benefit or to have minimal adverse effects on people, domestic animals, wildlife and the environment. This integrated pest management policy recognizes that vector populations cannot always be eliminated, but often must be suppressed to tolerable levels for the well being of humans, domestic animals and wildlife. Selection of scientifically sound suppression methods must be based upon consideration of what is ecologically and economically in the long-term interest of humankind. The following principles are to be followed:
  • Vector control measures should only be undertaken when there is adequate justification based upon surveillance data.
  • The combination of methods for vector control should be chosen after careful consideration of the efficacy, health effects, ecological effects and cost versus benefits of the various options; including public education, legal action, natural and biological control, elimination of the breeding sources, and pesticide applications.
  • Vector breeding sources, whether natural or created by human activity, should be altered in such a manner as to cause the least undesirable impact on the environment.
  • Pesticides and application methods should be used in the most efficient and least hazardous manner in accordance with all-applicable laws, regulations and available scientific data. The registered label requirements for pesticide use should be followed. When choices are available among effective pesticides, those offering the least hazard to non-target organisms should be used. Pesticides should be chosen and used in a manner that will minimize the development of resistance in vector populations.
  • Personnel involved in the Vector Control program should be properly trained and supervised, certified in accordance with relevant laws and regulations, and should keep current with improvements in management techniques through continuing education and/or training programs.
All methods and materials used by the District are based on these principals.

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