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 … Read More »
G. Lovell, a fisheries biologist with ADCNR, was thankful his wife Ashley was familiar with the tell-tale signs of erythema migrans. Thanks to her 11-year membership in AVMS, she recognized this rash when it appeared in the summer of 2010 and took him to the doctor for treatment. He was likely exposed to the tick while electrofishing in the streams of Central and South Alabama. He completed a 3-week course of doxycy-cline and seems to be symptom-free.
Dr. Gary Mullen, Professor of Entomology Emeritus, became an honorary member of AVMS at the 22nd annual meeting in this month. We thank him for his support of our Society from its earliest days.