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Ready for Rain? Mosquitoes Are!

As fall turns to winter and the weather gets wetter, you may be spending less time in your garden, but mosquitoes will be making themselves right at home. In San Mateo County, our weather never gets cold enough to completely stop mosquitoes from reproducing, even on our chilliest days. Items that can hold rainwater for more than a few days – everything from wheelbarrows and wagons to plant saucers and kids’ toys – can quickly become habitat for thousands of mosquito larvae.

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Time for Ticks

In some parts of the country, the weather is getting cooler and tick season is winding down. Here in San Mateo County, however, tick season is just beginning. Ticks become abundant shortly after the first rain of the season, and continue questing through the winter and spring. Adult western blacklegged ticks, our local Lyme disease vector, are most abundant December through May, while adult Pacific coast ticks and American dog ticks are most abundant in the spring and early summer.

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November 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in November: Time for Ticks!

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Blog post Tara Roth, Ph.D.

Fall Back, Spring(tails) Forward

When the temperatures start to change and the nights become colder, you may begin to notice six-legged visitors coming inside your home. As we shutter our doors and windows to keep out the cold, the humidity rises indoors.  This elevated humidity can attract insects and arthropods, including tiny insects called Collembola, or springtails.

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Ready, Set, TICKS!

We’ve heard concerns from some parents lately about ticks on athletic fields, and we want to make sure everyone has the information they need to keep their family safe.

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October 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in October: Spooky Spiders on the Move

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Eastern Equine Encephalitis Virus (EEEV) making you EEEk this Halloween?

Eastern equine encephalitis virus, often termed EEEV or Triple-E, has been making headlines lately in the United States. This mosquito-borne virus can cause a sometimes-fatal brain infection. With 31 cases and 9 deaths this year to date, this is the worst outbreak of EEEV disease since the US began monitoring the disease 15 years ago. While those numbers sound scary, EEEV disease is relatively rare.  An average of 7 human cases of EEEV disease are diagnosed in the United States annually.

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San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Honored for Financial Transparency
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA

Oct. 3rd, 2019

Earlier this month, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association after submitting its Fiscal Year 2017/2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (available at https://www.smcmvcd.org/2018cafr) for review. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program.

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SMCMVCD Awarded the GFOA Certificate of Achievement in Financial Reporting

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.

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September 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in September: Aedes aegypti Moves Closer to the Bay Area

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August 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in August: Oh, Rats!

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Rats Can Ruin Your Vacation, Too

Traveling to Hawaii this summer for a much needed vacation? Be aware of rat lungworm! This brain parasite is on the rise with six official cases confirmed so far this year.

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A New Cockroach on the Block

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.

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July 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in July: a New Cockroach on the Block

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Press release

California Department of Public Health: Increasing West Nile Virus Activity in California
Californians Urged to Protect Against Mosquito Bites

Sacramento, CA – Sept. 10th, 2017

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 early fall.

“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.

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June 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in June: Summer is West Nile Virus Season

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San Mateo County Mosquito & Vector Control District Recognized as “District of Distinction” for Second Time
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA

May 30, 2019

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.

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May 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in May: The Latest Buzz on Bees and Wasps

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April 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in April: You’re Invited!

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Blog post Theresa Shelton

Honeybee Swarms Search for Home Sweet Home

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.

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