San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s 2018
comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) has been awarded the
Government Finance Officers Association’s Certificate of
Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. The
Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in
governmental accounting and financial reporting, and
its attainment represents a significant accomplishment.
The District lab recently identified Turkestan cockroaches in
samples submitted by a county resident. The Turkestan
cockroach, Blatta lateralis, was first noticed in
California in 1978 around Sharpe Army Depot. Researchers believe
they were initially introduced to California from military
equipment returning from Asia or Afghanistan. In many parts of
the United States, the Turkestan cockroach is rapidly displacing
the oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis.
Turkestan cockroaches produce considerably more offspring than do
the oriental cockroach.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) urges all
Californians to protect themselves from mosquito bites during
West Nile virus (WNV) season, which extends from now through
“West Nile virus activity in the state is increasing, so it is
important to take every possible precaution to protect against
mosquito bites,” said State Public Health Officer and CDPH
Director Dr. Karen Smith.
Earlier this month, San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control
District was awarded the District of Distinction accreditation by
the Special District Leadership Foundation (SDLF) for the second
time. The District was first designated the two-year District of
Distinction accreditation in 2017 in recognition of its sound
fiscal management policies and practices in district operations;
they also were awarded the Special Districts Leadership
Foundation’s Transparency Certificate of Excellence in 2017.
You may have seen at some point in your life a giant cluster of
bees on a branch, tree or other structure usually in late spring
or early summer. These big clusters are menacing-looking, but
these buzzing masses are actually very safe to be around. They
are honeybees, and they are looking for a home.
It’s that time of year again! Last Thursday, vector ecologists
Tina and Tara picked up the District’s 14 sentinel chickens and delivered them to
two coop locations, one in East Palo Alto and one in San
Mateo. Since chickens develop antibodies to mosquito-borne
illnesses but don’t get sick themselves, they can serve as a
monitoring tool without creating any additional risk of
transmission.The chickens will spend the summer at these
locations, their leisurely lifestyle interrupted only by
bi-weekly blood tests.
Forget about May flowers! As our rainy winter continues into
spring’s warmer temperatures, it’s a perfect recipe for
Since mosquitoes can develop in just a few days when temperatures
are warm, you should regularly inspect your property for standing
water. Don’t forget small containers like buckets, flower pots,
plant saucers, and kids’ toys. Mosquitoes only need a little
water to reproduce, so you’ll need to check carefully!
Last month, District staff assisted the San Mateo
Resource Conservation District and CBEC Eco Engineering with
the flattening of marsh vegetation along the proposed grading
alignment of the Pescadero Integrated Flood Reduction & Habitat
One type of very common, but often overlooked, household insect
belongs to the order Collembola. These primitive insects may be
unfamiliar to many people, but they are abundant and numerous
throughout the world. They occur in habitats ranging from
freshwater, animal nests, caves, and glaciers and most commonly
in leaf litter, under logs or bark, and soil. These tiny
organisms are often called “springtails” because many Collembola
families have a rear appendage called a furcula that they use to
launch themselves into the air.
In February, a team from the District took a trip to
southern California to visit three mosquito and vector
control districts to share ideas and learn about their
programs. The staff visited San Gabriel County MVCD, Greater
Los Angeles MVCD and Orange County MVCD. It was a great trip
and staff learned a little something from each district that
they can utilize in our program. One of the highlights from the
trip was seeing Greater LA’s underground storm drain
program, which they have been working on for over 15 years.