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Post-Treatment Disease Surveillance Finds No West Nile Virus in Mosquitoes Trapped in East Palo Alto

The District laboratory has found no further sign of West Nile virus in mosquitoes trapped in areas of East Palo Alto after this week’s adult mosquito control treatment.

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Spiders: Not So Creepy After All

Unlike mosquitoes, which feed on humans and seek them out, spiders have no interest in biting you, and will only do so if they are being crushed or otherwise threatened. Small spiders are unable to break the skin, but even the bites of larger spiders are largely harmless. In fact, most ’spider bites’ turn out to be something other than a bite - such as a serious bacterial infection or even skin cancer!

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Where the Wild Things Shouldn’t Be
Living With Your Wild Neighbors

We’ve heard from a few residents lately that are sick and tired of their neighbors’ wild partying. They’re reporting garbage strewn across the lawn, noise at all hours of the night, and even uninvited visitors making themselves at home in the attic! Yes, we’re talking about those neighbors: the animals that live in our neighborhoods.

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August 2018 District Newsletter

New from the District in August: Local Wildlife, Friendly Spiders, and More.

Click here to read the August 2018 District Newsletter.

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July 2018 District Newsletter

New from the District in July: West Nile Virus Season in the Bay Area

Click here to read the July 2018 District Newsletter.

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Yellowjackets and Paper Wasps

During the summer months, the District receives numerous calls regarding yellowjackets and paper wasps. These social wasps both have yellow and black markings and are common in San Mateo County, but they have important behavioral differences.

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Don’t Let Dermacentor Ticks Make You Sick

It’s summer and that means peak season for the dog tick and Pacific coast tick (collectively called Dermacentor ticks)! These large, brown-colored ticks are very prevalent this time of year along the edge of trails and in brushy areas with tall grass all throughout California. Unfed, they can be nearly three times as large as the black-legged ticks that are prevalent during the winter and spring and can engorge to the size of a grape if left attached to repletion.

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June 2018 District Newsletter

New from the District in June: The Rising Threat of Vector-Borne Disease in the US

Click here to read the June 2018 District Newsletter.

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May 2018 District Newsletter

This month from SMCMVCD: The Buzz About Midges

Click here to read the May 2018 District Newsletter.

Blog post Tara Roth, Ph.D.

Flea Circus is No Fun for Pets or People

Most people have had an encounter with a flea at some point – the jumping black specks, the small itchy bumps they leave in their wake, and the general feeling of unease due to having a parasite in your home. However, few people understand the biology of fleas and why they invade our homes in the first place.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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