In August, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control
District’s Board of Trustees voted to approve the selection of
Brian Weber as the new District Manager. Weber will take over for
Dr. Chindi Peavey, who is retiring after five years as District
Manager, on October 1st.
The District conducts intensive surveillance for invasive Aedes
mosquitoes during the summer months. The surveillance program
mainly targets two container-breeding species, Aedes aegypti and
Aedes albopictus, which have been increasing their range within
California over the last several years. This summer, Ae. aegypti
and Ae. albopictus were detected for the first time in Shasta
County. The presence of these mosquitoes is highly undesirable
because they are aggressive human biters and also transmit
diseases including dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever and Zika.
If you’ve been grocery shopping less frequently, cooking from
scratch, and keeping more food at home lately, you’re not alone -
and you might not be alone in your kitchen, either. Stored foods
can become infested by several species of moths and beetles,
collectively known as pantry pests.
As of August 31, 2020, there have been 140 dead birds reported in
San Mateo County. Of those, 38 have been suitable for testing and
all 38 have tested negative for West Nile virus (WNV). No
mosquito pools or sentinel chickens have been confirmed positive
for West Nile virus in San Mateo County in 2020.
San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District has been
awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in
Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers
Association after submitting its Fiscal Year 2018/2019
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (available at https://www.smcmvcd.org/cafr) for review. The
Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was judged by an impartial
panel to meet the high standards of the program.