22nd Annual Meeting Well-Attended Despite Weather

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Power outages, intense lightening and thunder couldn’t put a damper on the speakers or limit the exchange of useful vector biology information at the 22nd annual meeting of the Alabama Vector Management Society held March 8th and 9th Orange Beach, Alabama. Book-ended by bad storms, 110 members still managed to attend.

Topics covered by the speakers included raccoon rabies, cockroach identification and control, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, tick-borne diseases, pesticide labeling and safety, bed bugs, the ADEM General Pesticide Applicator Permit required for applying chemicals to or near water (see text box below right for link to permit information), invasive insects, prescribed fire’s effects on tick populations, and updates from the Alabama Dept. of Public Health and the Alabama Department  of Agriculture and Industries.

The evening banquet was held at the Orange Beach Community Center. The catered meal included a great shrimp boil and key lime pie. The society sincerely thanks these seven vendors for contributing funds to cover the cost of the sea-food dinner: Univar, Valent, Central Life Sciences, Adapco, Clarke, Bayer Environmental Science, and Vector Dis-ease Control, Inc.

At the final business meeting, the membership voted to award Dr. Gary Richard Mullen with a life-time honorary membership for his service to the field of vector management in Alabama. The membership voted on officer positions, which are covered in page 4 of this newsletter. We look forward to seeing you at the 23rd meeting of the AVMS in 2012!