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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Celebrates Mosquito Awareness Week with Open House
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA – 10 April 2018

On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District will hold an open house at its office at 1351 Rollins Rd. in Burlingame from 4pm until 7pm to celebrate Mosquito Awareness Week. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the laboratory, as well as participate in a variety of demonstrations, exhibits, and activities. No RSVP is required for this event.

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April 2018 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: You’re Invited!

Click here to read the April 2018 District Newsletter.

Blog post Tara Roth, Ph.D.

Urban Carnivores
Learning to Live Together

Coyotes

You may have heard their cries at dusk. Coyotes are one of the most common urban carnivores in San Mateo County and important predators of rodents. Coyotes also help control deer and Canada geese, which can be very destructive to gardens and grassy areas, by preying on their young and slowing their population growth. There is also evidence that coyotes may directly compete with raccoons, skunks and opossums which helps to reduce the numbers of these urban carnivores as well. That being said, coyotes can be a challenge to live with.

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Mosquitoes Collected in South San Francisco Not Infected with West Nile Virus

On April 2nd, a dead American crow collected in South San Francisco tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the second dead bird positive for West Nile virus found in San Mateo County in 2018. The first was collected in February in Foster City.

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Dead Crow Positive for WNV Collected in South San Francisco

On April 2nd, a dead American crow collected in South San Francisco tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the second dead bird positive for West Nile virus found in San Mateo County in 2018. The first was collected in February in Foster City.

Post Megan Sebay

Invasive Nutria in California

During February, rodents made the news in a big way in California. However, these weren’t the familiar rats and mice that plague homeowners. Invasive nutria, native to South America, had been reported in California for the first time since the 1970s.

Post Megan Sebay

Mosquito-Proofing Your Spring Break

T-shirts, keychains, and new friendships make great spring break souvenirs, but how about dengue, chikungunya, Zika, and yellow fever? Getting sick on vacation is bad enough, but travelers face an even scarier prospect – bringing mosquito-borne illnesses back into their communities.

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March 2018 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: Mosquito-Proofing Your Spring Break.

Click here to read the March 2018 District Newsletter.

Press release

San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Board of Trustees Elects New Officers
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA – 20 February 2018

During their regularly scheduled meeting in January, the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Board of Trustees held elections for the positions of President of the Board, Vice-President of the Board, Board Secretary, and Assistant Board Secretary. The trustees elected to these positions took office on Feb. 14th, and will serve for two years.

Post Megan Sebay

Coyotes Cause Concern

As coyotes become an increasingly common sight in urban and suburban neighborhoods, some residents have become concerned. Although coyotes are naturally shy and elusive, they’re also smart. Individual coyotes can learn by experience, and unfortunately the lessons many residents are teaching them are ones that will get them into trouble.

Post Megan Sebay

Don’t Take Chances with Rabies

Human rabies infections in the United States are exceptionally rare. However, in January a Florida 6-year-old died of the virus after exposure to a sick bat. According to news stories, his family was not aware of the risk of rabies.

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February 2018 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: Mosquitoes Make a Comeback with Warm Weather and Rain

Click here to read the February 2018 District Newsletter.

Post Tara Roth, Ph.D.

Enjoying the Warm Weather? So Are the Mosquitoes

Have you ever wondered why you don’t see many cold blooded animals, like reptiles or insects, in frozen regions of the world? Heat allows animals to run, jump, and think and mosquitoes are no exception. The warmer the temperature (up to a point), the more aggressive and hungry they get. They also reproduce much faster which means that surges in temperature can mean big surges in mosquito numbers.

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Dead Crow Positive for WNV Collected in Foster City

UPDATE: Feb. 7th, 2018

Follow-up mosquito trapping in the area where the bird was found did NOT detect any mosquitoes infected with WNV.

On Feb. 5th, a dead American crow collected in Foster City tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first sign of the virus in San Mateo County in 2018.

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January 2018 District Newsletter

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

Click here to read the January 2018 District Newsletter.

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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.

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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.

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December 2017 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: 2017 in review.

Click here to read the December 2017 District Newsletter.

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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.

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November 2017 District Newsletter

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

Click here to read the November 2017 District Newsletter.

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