What is a vector?
An organism, such as a mosquito or tick, that carries disease-causing microorganisms from one host to another.
What does Vector Control do?
Metro Health provides pest control services on public property for mosquitoes to protect the residents of and visitors to San Antonio from diseases that these organisms can spread.
- Vector Control – Uses source reduction techniques and pesticides as necessary to control mosquitoes on public property by eliminating the breeding source, applying pesticides to stagnant water. “Fogging” for adult mosquitoes is carried out occasionally only on a as-needed basis.
- Public Information and Education - Use of press releases, information campaigns to communicate strategies for preventing or eliminating disease vectors on private property.
Routine service requests may be made by calling 207-8853.
To report emergency problems dealing with bee attacks after business hours, on weekends or holidays, call the San Antonio Fire Department by dialing 911
The Vector Control Program does not treat private property for insect or rodent problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Can you come spray my yard for insects?
Answer: No, the City does not treat private property for vermin or insects.
2. I have bees in the wall of my house, what do I do?
Answer: Do not disturb them. The City does not treat private property for bees. Contact a licensed pest control service to remove them from your structure.
3. I found a beehive in a tree in a City of San Antonio park, whom do I call?
Answer: You can report this to 311 or you can call Metro Health's Vector Control Program directly at 207-8853. A Vector Control technician will respond to the problem.
4. I have bats at my residence, what do I do?
Answer: The City does not have authority to treat private property for bats. The Vector Control program can only inspect your private property and make recommendations to the property owner with the owner’s permission. You will need to hire a private company to treat your property. If the bats are living in an occupied dwelling, it is recommended that they be excluded from the building by sealing all entry points. Bat species are protected by State Law and should be left alone if they are not in an occupied building and not a threat to humans.
5. I have mosquitoes on my property. Where are they coming from?
Answer: The City does not treat private property for mosquitoes. It is very possible that they are originating from your own property. It is very important to make sure that you do not have any standing water on the ground or containers that are holding water. These are the main places that mosquitoes breed on private property. If you want advise on mosquito breeding on private property, call Vector Control at 207-8853.