Coachella Valley Vector Control will be watching for any standing water after the rain stops.
The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which is capable of carrying the Zika virus, can reproduce in any standing water. Vector Control is asking everyone to dump any water they can find, whether they're large buckets or tiny dishes-- anything that might take longer than three to four days to evaporate.
"I went out first thing and emptied out all the pots that retain water," said Gregory Widner, a Cathedral City resident.
Other Valley residents say they are not worried about the spread of mosquitoes. Regardless, Vector Control will start post-rain treatments in the days to come.
"Those catch basins that drain rain water off the streets actually deposit that water into a retention basin, so some of those areas can hold water for an extended amount of time. And those are spots that our technicians will go back over the course of a week, looking at types of areas that hold water for long periods of time," said Jeremy Wittie, general manager of the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.
If the weather permits, Vector Control will continue its plans for mosquito treatment in Cathedral City, by Baristo Road, Sky Blue Water Trail, Ortega Road, and the roads along Cathedral City's western border where potential Zika-carrying mosquitoes have been detected.
"In the case of Cathedral City, we will most likely continue that tomorrow morning, but it is on a day-to-day basis. So we monitor that, and once our technicians get on site, if the conditions aren't ideal we have to postpone until conditions become ideal," said Wittie.
If you see any standing water for longer than three to four days near your residence or in your neighborhood, call Vector Control.