This month at the District: Silver Dragon XI, spring break travel and mosquitoes, and more.
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District News

  • There were no invasive Aedes  detections in February 2017.
  • West Nile virus was detected in one dead bird collected from Redwood City in February 2017.
  • Vector ecologists Warren Macdonald and Tina Sebay and Laboratory Assistant Theresa Shelton will give the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California's 85th Annual Conference in March.
  • Laboratory Director Nayer Zahiri gave two presentations at the American Mosquito Control Association conference in February.
Silver Dragon XI: Operation Zika
This year the District has been invited to host the command center for Silver Dragon XI, the annual San Mateo County Public Health full scale Community Emergency Response Team training exercise. This year’s exercise on Thursday, April 20th will simulate the deployment of CERT teams to assist with invasive Aedes mosquito response.

During the emergency preparedness exercise, teams of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers will deliver information to thousands homes in neighborhoods across San Mateo County. In some areas, CERT teams will also practice collecting information on mosquito breeding sources. In the event of an invasive Aedes mosquito detection, this data could be used to target the District's response program..

Silver Dragon helps prepare local CERT teams to respond to emergencies, and is an important part of our county's emergency preparedness plan. You can learn more about CERT on the FEMA website.
Spring Break Mosquito Safety

If you’re planning spring break travel, plan for mosquitoes!

Popular spring break destinations like Mexico and the Caribbean are included in the CDC’s list of areas with active Zika virus transmission, and may also be under travel advisories for other mosquito-borne illnesses like chikunguna, dengue, and malaria. Read more on the District website.

Rainy Weather and Mosquitoes

Do wet or dry years create more mosquito problems?  One might immediately assume wet years because mosquitoes need water to breed.  On the other hand, droughts create pools and puddles in water bodies like rivers and streams that would otherwise be flowing too strongly for mosquitoes to utilize.  The reality is both weather patterns cause different types of mosquito control challenges. Read more on the District website.
Mosquito Awareness Week Open House
April 18th, 2017
Board meeting agendas and minutes are available on the District website.
Monthly financial information is available on the District website.
Report suspected invasive mosquito sightings at

Is something bugging you? 
We can help!

Mosquito surveillance and control updates are now available on the District website.
It's tick season!
Don't forget to check for ticks after outdoor activity.
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