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San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District Hires New District Manager
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Burlingame, CA

Sept. 14th, 2020

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.

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A Pest in the Pantry

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.

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September 2020 District Newsletter

New from the District in August: A Pest in the Pantry, Plus an Invasive Aedes Update

Click here to read the September 2020 District Newsletter.

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August 2020 District Newsletter

New from the District in August: COVID-19 Can’t Stop Us from Stopping Mosquitoes

Click here to read the August 2020 District Newsletter.

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

Burlingame, CA

August 5th, 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.

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July 2020 District Newsletter

New from the District in July: West Nile Virus Season in California

Click here to read the July 2020 District Newsletter.

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Local Digger Bee

Beaches are popular among San Mateo County residents this summer, including our local bees. District staff responded to a request in June to identify bees nesting on a beach in Pacifica that were flying in and out of small holes in the sand. 

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Mosquito Spotlight: Orthopodomyia signifera

The District works to control mosquitoes in our county because they are disease vectors and aggressive biting pests. However, there are several mosquito species that are not known to bite people. One of these infrequently-encountered mosquitoes is called Orthopodomyia signifera. It breeds in the holes of trees that hold water year-round and feeds exclusively on birds.

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Seasonal Catchbasin Program Continues

Our seasonal catch basin program has been up and running since mid-April. Our first seasonal employee started on April 20th. Currently we have six seasonal catch basin drivers working from East Palo Alto to Daly City. On an average day, one driver can treat anywhere between 400 and 800 catch basins. Basins are treated with BVA-2, a material similar to mineral oil which coats the surface of the water and prevents mosquito larvae in the water from breathing. The material dissipates after a few days. In May, our staff sprayed 37,821 catch basins.

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Staff Adapt to Coronavirus Safety Precautions

District staff has been doing a great job adapting to the ever-changing coronavirus guidelines. Currently our vector control technicians are showing up to work with a fresh uniform on each day, getting in their work trucks at 8 am, and heading out to the field. We have a staff meeting online twice a week using the Microsoft Teams app to help coordinate work for the week. This has been a great feature because gives us the ability to connect with all of our staff at one time in a virtual meeting room.

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June 2020 District Newsletter

New from the District in June: Rabbits Face Their Own Virus Outbreak

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Local Bees and Wasps: A Case of Mistaken Identity

The Asian giant hornet may be all over the news, but residents of San Mateo County are far more likely to encounter our local species of bees and wasps.  As the weather warms up, these insects become more active and more numerous in yards.  Although capable of stinging, most species are non-aggressive, and only sting defensively when their nests are threatened. 

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May 2020 District Newsletter

New from the District in May: ‘Murder Hornets’ in the Pacific Northwest

Click here to read the May 2020 District Newsletter.

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West Nile Virus Season Begins

Surveillance for West Nile virus began in California in mid-April. The District protects residents from this mosquito-borne disease with control methods that target mosquitoes in the larval stage, as well as mosquito population monitoring, disease surveillance and public education.

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Giant Asian Hornets in the US

You may have heard the news lately that a new invasive insect dubbed the “Murder Hornet” has been spotted in the United States. They are more commonly known as Asian giant hornets (Vespa mandarinia), and are the largest species of hornet in the world. The queens can be almost 5 cm long (nearly 2 inches) and they nest almost exclusively underground. This species is native to temperate and tropical east Asia and far east Russia where they live in low mountainous regions and forests, completely avoiding plains.

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California Mosquito and Vector Awareness Week Serves to Remind Residents of a Different Threat to Public Health
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Apr. 20th, 2020

While your mind is likely on a different virus right now, San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District, along with the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) and mosquito and vector control districts across the state, are observing California Mosquito and Vector Awareness Week this week. While they do NOT transmit COVID-19, mosquitoes do transmit other diseases, including West Nile virus.

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April 2020 District Newsletter

New from the District in April: Staying Safe at Home

Click here to read the April 2020 District Newsletter.

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Wide Area Larviciding Demonstration at Alameda County Mosquito Abatement

The talk lately in the mosquito industry has been about the spread of Aedes aegypti and ways to suppress the populations in California. One of the pieces of equipment that districts have been utilizing to fight this invasive mosquito is the A1 Super Duty larvicide sprayer. The sprayer combines high volumes of air, with low volumes of finely atomized liquid larvicide to treat backyard-breeding habitats in counties that have Aedes aegypti.

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Transitioning from our Redwood City Shop to Burlingame

It is the end of an era.  District staff has been hard at work removing everything from our recently sold property in Redwood City to the building we are leasing a few doors down from our current office in Burlingame.  Everything is fitting nicely in the new facility and it has been great having a place to store our airboat inside.  This move has opened more parking for our staffs’ personal vehicles, which has created more parking spaces for the public to utilize at our main office.  It is sad to see the old building go but it is much more convenient having our entire di

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Mosquito Inspections at Commercial Construction Projects

In March, our district was contacted by a project manager of a commercial construction project to conduct an inspection for potential mosquito breeding sites.  Cities require approval from different entities to sign off on projects before they are finalized to ensure they are not causing issues for particular agencies.  If we identify potential problems during our walk through, the project manager will work with the construction company to fix the issues.  During these inspections, we typically find potential breeding habitats to occur in the storm drain system.  In the

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