Seasonal Staff Help Out During Busy Mosquito Season
Seeing a new face in your neighborhood this spring? That might be because the District added nine seasonal staff members during April and May.
Six of the seasonal vector control aides are on the catch basin team. They spend their days treating the storm water system for mosquitoes. Alejandro, Bill, Briana, Emiliano, Maritza, and Patrick can be seen driving the District’s right-hand drive jeeps in neighborhoods throughout the county. Their work helps reduce the abundance of Culex pipiens mosquitoes, a major seasonal nuisance and the primary vector for West Nile virus in San Mateo County.
Alex and Devon are on the aegypti team. They’re responsible for searching for invasive Aedes mosquitoes. You might see them inspecting backyards in your neighborhood. Over the summer they’ll check hundreds of properties for the invasive mosquito species that can transmit Zika, dengue, and chikungunya. Devon is back for his second summer with the District; Alex is on his third year.
Enger, the laboratory’s seasonal assistant, is also working to stop invasive Aedes mosquitoes in our county. He has the special task of placing and collecting hundreds of ovipositional traps throughout the county. These simple traps collect eggs laid by any Aedes mosquitoes in the area, and serve as an early warning system for the presence of invasive mosquitoes in San Mateo County.
Two more seasonal employees will join the catch basin team in June.