Friday, February 7, 2014

Mosquito Training for Cities

AgriLife Extension will be hosting four Mosquito Training workshops this spring in Fort Worth (Mar 10), Longview (Mar 14), San Antonio (Mar 17), and Round Rock, TX (Mar 24).  The program is designed to help orient municipal employees who need to learn more about setting up a mosquito control program, but some of the information could be useful to pest management professionals involved in mosquito control.  These workshops are being held along with the Texas Department of State Health Services, and will include DSHS speakers at some locations.

The programs have been developed by AgriLife extension entomologist Dr. Sonja Swiger. I will be helping with the first program in Fort Worth, and Wizzie Brown and Molly Keck will be assisting with the San Antonio and Round Rock location trainings, respectively.  For a copy of the flier, click here.

Topics being covered include:
  • Vector Borne Disease in Humans & Testing 
  • West Nile Virus: Summary of the 2012 Outbreak 
  • Mosquito Identification, Biology & Ecology 
  • Integrated Mosquito Management 
  • Putting Surveillance Data to Work 
  • Properly Treating Mosquito Oviposition Sites
  • Developing an Effective Vector Education Program

Cost for the program is $50 in all locations except Fort Worth, which is free. To register for the Fort Worth program only, click here.  For the other programs contact Dr. Swiger using information on the flier linked above.

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