Other Pests and Projects


Other Pests and Vectors


Collaboration with Stanford Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Two scientists bend over a sample wearing white lab coats.

The District laboratory currently collaborates with the Stanford Division of Pediatric Infectious Disease to test mosquito samples collected internationally for diseases such as chikungunya and dengue fever.


Bedbug Information

The District does NOT provide pest control services for bedbugs. However, we can help you identify bedbug infestations and provide advice on choosing a pest control operator or dealing with the infestation yourself.

For general information on bedbugs, visit the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program’s bedbug page.


Biting Mites

Mites are small pests barely visible to the naked eye. In California, the most common biting mites include the tropical rat mite, the northern fowl mite, and the chicken mite. They feed on rodents, birds, and fowl and occasionally infest homes and bite humans once their host has left the area.

Some mite species may also be found outdoors. These mites do not typically infest homes, but people may be bitten while spending time outdoors, especially in tall grass or brush.

A US penny is shown with nit, nymph, and adult head lice for scale.

Head Lice Information

The District laboratory works with local public schools to provide training and guidance on preventing, identifying, and managing head lice in schools.