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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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Press release

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!

Click here to read the April 2019 District Newsletter.

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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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Coworkers of a Feather Flock Together

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.

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Newcastle Disease in Chickens

In January of 2019 an alert went out from the California Department of Food and Agriculture warning people about an outbreak of Newcastle disease in domestic poultry in southern California.

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April Showers May Bring Mosquitoes

Forget about May flowers! As our rainy winter continues into spring’s warmer temperatures, it’s a perfect recipe for mosquito problems.

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!

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We’re Hiring! Seasonal Vector Control Aides Needed for 2019

A District staff member leans from a white jeep to spray a street grate. 

Looking for a summer job? If you like working with the public and want to help protect public health, we might have the perfect position for you!

For more information or to apply for the job, click here.

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March 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in March: Don’t Let Mosquitoes Ruin Your Spring Break Plans

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SMCMVCD Staff Assist with Flood Reduction & Habitat Enhancement Project

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 Enhancement project.

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Spring Forward with Springtails

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.

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Learning from Each Other

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.

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Technicians Get New Zones

At this District, each mosquito control technician is assigned a geographic zone within the county. Currently our service area is split into 9 zones. During February the District rotated the majority of technicians into a different zone. In the picture above, technician Walter Bruj is treating a 12.5 acre marsh in East Palo Alto, which is one of the cities in his new zone. Due to the sheer size of the breeding area, technicians use an Argo all-terrain vehicle for this type of treatment.

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February 2019 District Newsletter

New from the District in February: Mosquitoes in Love

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