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”.