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2013


Executive Board 2016-2017 Announced

Posted on July 12th, by alovell in 2013, 2014. No Comments

The following slate of names was compiled by the chair of the Nominating Committee and presented at our March 2016 meeting.  At that time, nominations were accepted from the floor.    We are looking for “a few good women and men for 2017!” If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact a board member and let him/her know!

President – Wes Anderson
President Elect – Kelly Stevens
Secretary – Leigh Willis
Treasurer – Steven McDaniel
Editor—Sonja Thomas
Director – Fudd Graham
Director- Barry Ambrose
Director- Jason Franklin
Director- Ty Jackson
Vendor Liaison- Drew Lockhart
Past President – Stephen Gates

Register for the 24th Annual Meeting of the Alabama Vector Management Society


AU researcher targeting kudzu bug

Posted on August 8th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

Repost:

http://wireeagle.auburn.edu/news/5379?utm_source=commons&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=commons


Want the burden of NPDES permitting uplifted? Act Now!

Posted on August 6th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

Sent From Henry B. Lewandowski

American Mosquito Control Association

South Atlantic Regional Director

We are presented with another opportunity to remove the burden of the Clean Water Act/NPDES regulations.

Please read the forwarded correspondence from Angela Beehler who serves as Chair of the AMCA Legislative and Regulatory Committee.

House and Senate conferees are meeting to iron out differences between the House and Senate versions of the Farm Bill, Section 9013.  The House has already passed a version favorable to our mosquito control programs, relieving us of the Clean Water Act/NPDES regulatory burden.  It is imperative that the Senate pass a version with the specific language that made it through the House of Representatives.

I urge you, either individually or through your state associations, to write a letter to your Senators, using the following wording suggested by Angela and our AMCA Legislative … Read More »


A clearer picture emerges in Dallas: mosquito surveillance key in fighting WNV epidemics

Posted on July 25th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

I remember being frustrated when WNV illness was surging in Alabama in 2002-2003.  With such a complex transmission cycle, and so little known about the ecology of the virus in a naive part of the world, it was difficult to figure out how to have a real impact in controlling transmission to people in any given area of the state.  It was even more difficult to communicate a clear strategy to community officials because testing and result turn-around time hampered our knowledge of what was happening.  And if that was difficult, it was close to impossible to clearly communicate to the public the nuanced message about what might be happening and why.  Even though government resources were given to us abundantly, expertise was stretched thin, and by the time a new crop of entomologists trained in mosquito identification emerged, funding … Read More »


AVMS seeks current information about mosquito and other vector work around Alabama

Posted on July 23rd, by alovell in 2013, Uncategorized. 4 comments

 

We would like to hear from you!  If you or your program are collecting and testing mosquitoes for disease, or you are involved in any type of vector surveillance or research in the state of Alabama, we’d like to know it. Other researchers and members of the public frequently ask us who and where this type of work is being done.  Because yearly budgets fluctuate so highly and staff turnover can be great, please keep us posted on the work you are doing.  The AVMS would be happy to be a clearing house for inquiries about your work.  You may leave the information in the comment section of this post, or Contact Us.

Thanks!

ETA:  Please, also feel free to provide your contact information or website in the comment section.  The AVMS moderates all comments, though, and spam will not … Read More »



Date Finalized for 2014 AVMS Annual Meeting

Posted on July 22nd, by alovell in 2013, AVMS Meetings. No Comments

The AVMS Executive Board has selected the dates and location for the 2014 AVMS Annual Meeting.  It will be held at the Island House Hotel, as was the 2013 Annual Meeting, on March 6-7, 2014. Stay connected with us to keep abreast of the latest information and preliminary agenda.



ADPH and USDA announce new raccoon rabies cases in previous ORV zones, need help with surveillance

Posted on July 17th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

 

The Alabama Department of Public Health and the USDA Wildlife Services (WS) program in Alabama have picked up several new raccoon rabies positives to the north and west of the previous Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) barrier along the Coosa-Alabama river systems.

Current, real-time testing of road-killed raccoons and strange-acting raccoons by WS has revealed more than 15 positive cases in three distinct locations within previous ORV baited areas.

Some positive cases have been discovered during local population reduction efforts around previously-confirmed positive animals.

Both agencies are asking for help from county environmentalists and others to detect even more cases if they are present.  It is important to diagnose where the western-most positive case may be in order to refine future baiting/vaccinating strategies.  Contingency plans are being made to address these recent “breaches” of the biological, geographical, and historical raccoon rabies-free zone.

If you live … Read More »



The AMCA offers mosquito control and prevention tips during Mosquito Awareness Week

Posted on June 27th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J–When those buggers are buzzing around,
making grilling, pool time and wiffle ball impossible, think prevention! Enjoy the
outdoors this summer and stop the spread of mosquito-borne illness by following tips
offered by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) to prevent mosquito
infestation and control an existing problem.

“In 2012, we witnessed a strong resurgence in cases of West Nile Virus, which had
declined somewhat in recent years after peaking in 2003,” said AMCA Technical
Advisor Joe Conlon. “To ensure the safety of family, friends and pets, it’s extremely
important to make sure you’re taking the proper steps: first, reducing mosquito breeding
through water management and source reduction, and second, reducing adult mosquito
populations.”

Easy steps to take in any backyard include cleaning debris from rain gutters, filling drain
puddles and ditches, changing bird bath water once a week and checking for trapped
water in canvas or plastic tarps.

If a mosquito … Read More »


Don’t miss a live mosquito prevention webinar this Thursday!

Posted on June 12th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

 

Tune in to eXtension.org for a mosquito prevention and management webinar that addresses techniques that can be applied around your homes and communities.  The webinar will take place on Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. central time.  Visit this link for more information.  Or copy and paste this web address into your browser:

https://learn.extension.org/events/1095

It’s FREE!  See you on the web!


Here’s an easy way to submit cost data to AMCA!

Posted on May 16th, by alovell in 2013. No Comments

For those of you compiling cost data regarding the NPDES process, here is a very easy way to submit it to the AMCA.  South Atlantic Regional Director of AMCA Henry Lewandowski is continuing to urge us to all respond.  Click on http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PYKKX5K to input your data.

“Again, your assistance is urgently requested.  The AMCA cannot help without the individual attention of all members/organizations!  Thank you for your cooperation.

Henry

 Henry Lewandowski

American Mosquito Control Association

South Atlantic Regional Director

Chatham County Mosquito Control

65 Billy B. Hair Drive

Savannah, GA 31408

912-790-2540 Phone

912-790-2550 Fax

912-429-1680 Cell

hblewand@chathamcounty.org“