Pest-plagued local residents have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about sometimes-troublesome neighbors hailing from nature: a Santa Clara County Vector Control District open house and a Los Altos Hills public information session about co-existing with coyotes.
Vector Control’s third annual open house, scheduled 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday (April 19), coincides with California Mosquito Awareness Week. In addition to buzzing bloodsuckers, attendees of the free, family-friendly event will learn about ticks, bedbugs and rodents as well as West Nile and Zika Virus prevention. Information about beneficial critters like bees and mosquitofish will also be available. Participate in arts and crafts, lab tours and mock backyard inspections. The district office is located at 1580 Berger Dr. in San Jose.
For more information, visit sccvector.org.
Recent complaints about coyotes venturing into urban areas prompted the town of Los Altos Hills to schedule a free public meeting in council chambers 7 p.m. April 27. Wildlife Ecologist and Environmental Educator Ashley DeLaup of Connecting Wild will share information about coyote behavior, biology and benefits (they eat rodents) and tips about how to avoid negative encounters with the animals.
For more information, visit losaltoshills.ca.gov.