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The San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District has detected Aedes aegypti mosquitoes at 13 locations in 2014, all in Menlo Park in the area near Holy Cross Cemetery  The first detection was on January 22 and most recently larvae were found on April 10.

The Aedes aegypti species is not native to California. However it is a common mosquito in urban areas of the southeastern United States. The yellow fever mosquito has the potential to transmit several viruses, including dengue and yellow fever. No illnesses associated with this mosquito have been reported so far.

The Mosquito and Vector Control District has expanded surveillance efforts for this type of mosquito. The district has deployed a variety of traps for adult mosquitoes and mosquito eggs surrounding the location where the Aedes aegypti mosquito was found. Additionally, District staff conducts door to door inspections of properties for mosquito breeding and standing water at homes surrounding each Aedes aegypti detection.

The Aedes aegypti species is a tiny (about 1⁄4 inch) black and white mosquito that bites most often during the day, and can transmit dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and several viruses that cause encephalitis. These viruses are not currently found in California.

The public can play a critical role in helping to control the spread of this mosquito population. The yellow fever mosquito lays its eggs in water, just above the water line in small containers and vessels that hold water, such as pots, pet bowls, bottles, and bird baths. It’s important for residents to survey their yard and around their house to eliminate even the smallest amount of standing water.

Residents experiencing mosquito bites during the day should report them to the San Mateo County Mosquito and Vector Control District (650) 344‐8592.

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Friday wet weather adds .25″ to Menlo Park rain coffers

.25″ is my report for this morning’s rain. I am now at 9.15″ season-to-date. Sure would like to reach 10″. I notice my backyard [in west Menlo Park] continues to exceed the San Jose Mercury readings for San Jose and San Francisco Airport. My son drove to the Tahoe area this morning and encountered lots […]

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Rain – heavy at times – falls on Menlo Park in 24 hour period

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It was no April Fool’s joke. A chilly rain fell on Menlo Park yesterday, causing minor flooding in places, such as the intersection of University and Middle avenues. The latest storm added just over half an inch to the seasonal total, which now stands at 8.9″, reports InMenlo weather watcher Bill Russ. He adds: “This […]

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Off and on again rain keeps umbrellas going up and down

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My backyard gauges show a nice .65″ from today’s rain. I am now 8.35″ rainfall season-to-date. Perhaps more to come this week. Photo by Julie Getze

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Squeezing out a little more rain on Menlo Park

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Managed to squeeze out an additional .4″ in my gauge today. Most of that was by 9:00 am. I had hoped for more. My season-to-date total is now 7.2″ and that compares to 16.05″ same time last year.  Remember the rain year started back on July 1, 2013. Photo by Linda Hubbard

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Masters Swimmers donate food, money to Menlo Park lunch program for seniors

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Menlo Masters swimmers recently completed the February Can-Do Challenge at Burgess Pool, with over 200 swimmers taking part in the annual challenge. Since 1995, Menlo Masters swimmers have taken February as an opportunity to re-engage after the holidays, pledging to swim as many yards as possible during the month. Starting in 2005, swimmers have been encouraged […]

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Overnight rain is just a drop in the bucket

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It rained steady last night, and my hopes were up for Menlo Park. Alas, I found just .15″  in my gauges. My season-to-date total is now 6.8″. Come on heavens — open up on us! Photo of drippy magnolia taken around sunrise by Linda Hubbard

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Burglary suspects arrested for overnight burglaries in Menlo Park

On March 3, 2014, at approximately 7:47 am, Menlo Park Police Officers responded to the 100 block of Hedge Road in Menlo Park on a report of a residential burglary of an occupied residence that had occurred sometime overnight. While on scene and investigating that burglary, the Menlo Park Police Department received additional reports of […]

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Another inch of rain gets dumped on Menlo Park

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As of 7:30 am, with the skies brightening, there is an even one inch in my gauge. Most fell around 5:00 am when Sally and I were walking. My season-to-date total is now 6.05″. Many concerned folks will be wondering about the Sierra snow pack which will fill the mountain reservoirs. I will be watching […]

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Rain overnight yields to rainbow over Menlo Park in the morning

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Whoopee rain watchers — another .4″ in my gauge this morning. That brings my season-t- date total to to 5.05″ and .8″ in the last 24 hours. They tell me a bigger storm is coming. Photo by Scott Loftesness

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Today’s anticipated deluge becomes off and on showers

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It may rain some more today, yet as of 4:00 pm I have .4″ in my gauges for what is forecast as the first in a system of storms. That is 4.65″ season-to-date compared to 15.45″ same time in 2013. Photo by Scott Loftesness

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