January 2018 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: Tick Season in San Mateo County.

Click here to read the January 2018 District Newsletter.


Calibrating Equipment for Precise Vector Control

As part of the District’s Integrated Vector Management (IVM) Program, vector control technicians annually calibrate their pesticide application techniques and equipment.


Tick Flagging with Dr. Scott Smith’s Class

On December 2, San Mateo Mosquito and Vector Control District laboratory staff helped lead a field trip at Wunderlich County Park for Stanford students learning about tick borne diseases. The class was entitled Parasites and Pestilence and was led by professor and District Trustee Dr. Scott Smith. Students were given tick flags and instructed on basic tick biology as well as how to collect ticks and sort by sex and species.


December 2017 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: 2017 in review.

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District Honored With Certificate of Recognition

During the November Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 8th, Jeffrey Lew from Senator Jerry Hill’s office’s stopped by to recognize the District for achieving the California Special Districts District of Distinction award.


November 2017 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: a new laboratory director, termite swarms, and more.

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San Mateo County Residents Reminded of Tick-Borne Illness Risk

Burlingame, CA – 4 December 2017

Officials at San Mateo Mosquito and Vector Control District (SMCMVCD) remind residents that winter is the season for the western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus), also known as the deer tick. This tick is the primary vector for Lyme disease and other common tick-borne illnesses.


Farewell to Invasive Aedes Seasonal Technician Enger German

This summer the laboratory has been assisted by Enger German, who conducted most of the surveillance for invasive Aedes mosquitoes this season. Enger has a master’s degree in Entomology, and experience in insect monitoring, especially in Florida. The District hired Enger for the season using grant funding from Public Health Foundations Enterprises, Inc. on behalf of the California Department of Public Health.


Meet our new Laboratory Director, Angie Nakano

In October, the District welcomed Angie Nakano as Laboratory Director.  We sat down for a brief interview:

Q: I was told we should be welcoming you “back” to the district.  Can you elaborate?

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When you see rain, remember to dump and drain to prevent mosquitoes!

Most of us got a little rain last night, and you all know what that means: mosquitoes! Just a few ounces of standing water can produce hundreds of mosquitoes in less than a week. 


October 2017 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: Coastal Cleanup Day, Spooky Creatures, and more.

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Tick Diversity on Wild Rodents

To some people ticks may all look the same, but for Vector Ecologists at the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District, knowing the small differences among species can help us learn things such as the potential for disease transmission and distribution.  San Mateo County is home to a variety of tick species, many of which residents are unlikely to encounter because of their highly specific habitats.  Lab employees however, have the opportunity to collect ticks directly off wild animals when they are captured for disease surveys, in addition to routine tick flagging.

Blog post Tara Roth, Ph.D.

Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, and Other Tiny Monsters

We’re not trying to scare you, but…all the movie monsters of your nightmares are real. They’re just a little smaller than you expected.

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Wildlife Worries at Townhall Meeting

On September 20th, residents of District 5 (Brisbane, Colma, Daly City, San Bruno, and South San Francisco) met at the Colma Community Center to talk about their experiences with wildlife and ask questions of humane educator Kylynn Pelkey from Peninsula Humane Society and SMCMVCD public health education and outreach officer Megan Sebay.

Blog post Megan Sebay

District Participates in Coastal Cleanup Day

On Sept. 15th, the District participated in Coastal Cleanup Day. Technicians Sean Jones and Hector Cardenas, field operations supervisor Casey Stevenson, and assistant manager Brian Weber spent the afternoon using the District airboat to remove large debris from the bay adjacent to San Mateo.


September 2017 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: raccoon roundworm, salt marsh mosquitoes, and more.

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Blog post Tara Roth, Ph.D.

Return to the Wild: How the District is Working to Combat Insecticide Resistance

Across the world people are battling mosquitoes that have become resistant to the pesticides normally used to control them. But what is insecticide resistance and how does it develop?

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California Department of Public Health: CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Deaths of 2017

Sacramento, CA – Sept. 1st, 2017

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today three confirmed deaths in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased persons were residents of Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. CDPH is unable to provide additional patient details including demographic information and name of hospital providing care to protect confidentiality. 

Blog post Tara Roth, Ph.D.

You Spin Me Raccoon Round Worm, Round Round.

You may think the worst you need to worry about raccoons is them getting into your garbage cans but don’t be fooled! These masked bandits also carry a potentially deadly worm called the raccoon roundworm or Baylisascaris procyonis. Round worms live out most of their lives in the raccoon’s digestive tract. The eggs are eaten when the babies are suckling and carried throughout the life of the raccoon. The male and female roundworms grow, meet, mate, and lay eggs in the raccoon’s intestines and their eggs are ejected from the body in feces, ready to find a new host.


August 2017 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: What You Need to Know about Yellowjackets

Click here to read the August 2017 District Newsletter.