The VMCA is holding a 2 day FREE adult mosquito ID course on May 8th and 9th. It will be conducted by the combined efforts of local mosquito control biologists. This is not taxonomy or a refresher course but a more practical training geared toward seasonal interns, summer part-time biology positions or mosquito biologists new to the area. Class size is limited to 25 so please make every effort to send eligible participants. Sign-up is on a first come first serve basis. New participants have preference over returning individuals; if space is available then others will be accepted. Please sign up early.
Supplies and microscopes are limited but we will have a few extras on hand. If possible, please bring the following items: microscope with lamp, power strip, extension cord, forceps, petri dishes, wipes, alcohol, notebook, and refillable coffee mug (optional). The course will be held at Suffolk Mosquito Control Training Room, 800 Carolina Rd., Suffolk, Virginia 23434. Supplies can be dropped off on Friday, May 5th and will be securely locked for the weekend.
A tentative schedule is attached and subject to change but starting times will remain the same.
Lunch is on your own but there are plenty of places to eat within a short drive. An on-site refrigerator and microwave is available. We will provide coffee, donuts, fruit, sodas, and water for both days.
Please e-mail Lisa Wagenbrenner (email@example.com) with participants name and city or county and what supplies you lack from the provided list.
The VMCA is sponsoring a Pesticide License Recertification course on January 19, 2017 in Hampton, VA. Please visit our Training page for more details.
The annual conference will be held January 31 – February 2, 2017 at the Marriott Newport News at City Center, 740 Town Center Drive, Newport News, Virginia 23606. Conference room rates for single or double occupancy are $119 (plus 6% state tax, 8% city tax and a $1.00/night lodging fee). Rooms can be reserved by calling (866) 329-1758. Be sure to ask for the VA Mosquito Control group block. You may also make your reservations online at VMCA/MAMCA Online Group Reservations. Space is limited, so reservations must be made by Friday, January 6, 2017, after which time the room rate is not guaranteed. Complimentary self parking is available.
The early conference registration fee is $120.00 and includes all breaks, supplier’s social and lunch banquet provided registration is received by December 30, 2016. After that date, the regular conference registration fee will be $130.00. One-day registrations are also available. Payment must be by cash, check, money order or credit card (see registration form for details on credit card payments)..
VMCA/MAMCA 2017 Annual Meeting Registration Form
The next TMVCC meeting will be July 20, 2016 at Sandy Bottom Nature Park in Hampton. Doug Hill from Nikon will be sponsoring the meeting. Our speaker next month will be Dr. Abiodun Adibi. He has a PhD in Parasitology and Masters in Microbiology. Please RSVP to a TMVCC officer.
Upcoming Dates for the TMVCC meetings:
April 13, 2016, Newport News. 11: 00am. Meeting will be sponsored by Joe Andrews of Allpro Vector Group with a speaker from Hampton University.
May 4, 2016, Gosnold Hope Park in Hampton. 11:00am. Calibration Rodeo sponsored by Jeff Hottenstein and Clarke.
The VMCA will be sponsoring a pesticide license recertification class on January 14, 2016. It will be held at the Hampton Library at 4207 Victoria Blvd, Hampton, VA from 9am to 3pm. The class will cover Categories 6, 8, 7A (new this year) and Registered Technician. Please sign up early so we can anticipate class size. Please fill out the Recertification form 2016 and return via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fax (757-683-2500).
The next meeting is being held at 11am on Wednesday, October 21, 2015 and will be sponsored by John Singletary with Univar. The meeting will be held at Charles E. Brown Park, 1950 Old Williamsburg Road, Lackey, Virginia 23690. John will be updating us on his company’s products and services and we will have a veterinarian giving a presentation on rabies. John is prepared for a large crowd; however, if you are planning on attending please send us an RSVP by October 14th. It is helpful for our vendors and hosts to have an estimated head count before the event.
Please contact Karen Akaratovic, Betsy Hodson, or Jamie Durden.
It’s that time of year again! The 2016 VMCA Annual Meeting is January 26-28, 2016, and we are looking for members to share their mosquito/vector control or related research experiences. Please note the following change to the meeting schedule from past years: The 2016 meeting will run from Tuesday through Thursday. This year’s conference will be held at the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel in Portsmouth, Virginia. This is your opportunity to share your knowledge with other mosquito folks from across the state and we encourage a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, the following:
- Adult Control
- Larval Control
- Larval habitat management
- Field work
- Disease/Vector Studies
- Public Relations
- Other pests/vectors
If you have a topic you would like to present at the meeting, please complete the attached VMCA Presentation Submission Form and return to Joshua Smith (Joshua.Smith@fairfaxcounty.gov) and Leah Aguilar (Leah.Aguilar@yorkcounty.gov).
DEADLINE: November 20th, 2015. Call Joshua Smith with any questions: 703-246-8477.
If, at this time, you are not sure of a presentation title but know you would like to present something, please let Josh and Leah know by filling out the VMCA 2016 Presentation Submission Form so they can be sure to include you. We are looking forward to another outstanding meeting next January in Portsmouth. We hope to see you there!
The VMCA is conducting an adult mosquito ID course on May 13-14, 2015 at the Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission Main Office. Details. Please contact Lisa Wagenbrenner if you would like to attend.
The Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission is seeking interested individuals for the position of Director. More details can be found here. Applications will be accepted May 11 through May 29.