NEWS BRIEFS
June 22, 2018
National Mosquito Control Awareness Week 2018


7/11/2018 Board Meeting Agenda Packet Posted

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MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2018-19 Dues

It's that time of year again! Please fill out and email or fax back this year's MVCAC Fiscal Status Report Form for your district's MVCAC dues to be calculated.

Dues for Corporate Members are due on July 1st of each year for the fiscal year ending June 30th of the following year.  Unpaid dues will be considered late on September 1st.  After September 1st, a late notice will be sent which will include a $50 late payment fee.  Corporate members that do not pay their dues and late fee by October 31st will be dropped from the membership rolls.

Please feel free to contact the office if you have any questions. Thank you for supporting MVCAC!

The MVCAC Staff
Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC)
One Capitol Mall, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-440-0826
Fax: 916-444-7462
In This Issue
Press Release: CDC Report Finds California Has Highest Number of Mosquito- Transmitted Disease Cases in the Nation

Sacramento, June 20, 2018 - California leads the nation in mosquito-borne disease cases over the last decade, according to new data from the  U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The State reported 9,254 cases of mosquito-transmitted diseases between 2004 and 2016, followed by New York with 7,167 and Texas with 6,648. California had 100 times more mosquito-transmitted disease cases than Alaska (87), which reported the lowest number of cases in the country during the same period. The report included the total number of local and travel-associated disease transmission cases per state and did not adjust for population.

"These numbers are startling as they only represent mosquito-transmitted diseases that were reported to health officials said," David Heft, president of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California. "Also not reflected in the data are the emerging disease threats the state faces due to the rise of invasive mosquitoes now present in 12 counties in Southern and Central California."

Click here to read the full press release.
Using Drones And Ditties To Help Hunt Down Disease-Bearing Mosquitoes
From California Healthline
June 22, 2018

As residents of California's Coachella Valley escape the blazing heat this summer in air-conditioned living rooms, movie theaters and cars, many will hear this upbeat but cheesy refrain:

" Dump it! Drain it! Scrub it clean! Your weekly mosquito prevention routine."
These commercials feature local mosquito-control officials grinning goofily at the camera while they follow the jingle's instructions to eliminate pools of water that harbor insects they are branding as "bloodthirsty killers."

Nationwide, diseases spread by ticks, fleas and mosquitoes have tripled  since 2004. In California, last summer brought the deadliest West Nile virus season in 15 years.
Authorities in the Coachella Valley and other regions of the state are trying to drive home the message that mosquitoes are a serious and growing threat to residents' health. Using jingles, disaster drills and even drones, they are spreading the word and preparing for outbreaks.

Jill Oviatt, a spokeswoman for the  Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District, calls the ad campaign an attempt to "brainwash" residents and force them to rethink mosquitoes as more than buzzing, irritating, itch-making pests. With climate change and the spread of diseases across international boundaries, they pose a lethal threat.

87th Annual Conference - 
Call for Papers, Presentations and Posters

The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) will hold its 87th Annual Conference on February 3-6, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport in Burlingame. You are invited to submit a paper or poster for presentation at the conference. 

This presentation should be related to mosquitoes or other vectors, the disease organisms they transmit, or their surveillance and control. Presentations may be about research results, the development and testing of new methods, equipment or products, education, community outreach and the adaptation or development of new technology relating to vector research, surveillance or control, or the administration of a vector control agency. 

Deadline for Submission:  The deadline for submission of "Request to Present a Paper or Poster" is  October 9, 2018 . Requests made following this date may not be honored and may not appear in the conference program. Please submit this request to: Rachel Hickerson, MVCAC Meeting Manager,  rhickerson@amgroup.us .

2019 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/3/18
Applications for the 2019 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award will be accepted through Monday, December 3, 2018. 

The William C. Reeves New Investigator Award, memorializing Dr. William C. Reeves, who was a renowned University of California entomologist, is sponsored by the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC). The award is presented to the best scientific paper submitted and presented at the annual MVCAC conference. The Reeves New Investigator Award application differs from the MVCAC Call for Papers, if you have an additional speaking topic for the Call for Papers, please follow that application and guidelines.
 
Please click here for more information.
2019 MVCAC Annual Conference - Hotel Booking Link Now Available!
February 2-5, 2019
Hyatt Regency Burlingame

Book your hotel room(s) -  click here
Rate is $199

More information coming soon, stay tuned!
NEW!  HR resources for districts to use and to upload information into

District  Managers - Please upload your HR resources and information into this Google Drive along with using it for your own district.

Click here to access the Google Drive.
Survey for Bee Services

Northwest MVCD is taking a poll of how many agencies have a bee program.  

If your agency has a bee program: Does this bee program assist residents with bees on their property, serve public spaces only or serve both residential and public spaces? 

Please send your response to the survey questions above (and any questions or concerns) to Bill VanDyke at bvandyke@northwestmvcd.org  or call 951-340-9792 to discuss further.
NPDES Coalition Report Filed with SWB
 
The 2017 NPDES Coalition Report was filed with the State Water Resources Control Board on behalf of the participating districts. You can access a copy of the report here (or by clicking below). If you have any questions or issues you can contact the MVCAC office.






El Dorado County Environmental Management would like to recognize Stefan "Toogee" Sielsch for receiving the American Mosquito Control (AMCA) Boyd-Ariaz Grassroots Award for 2018.  This award is given to recognize excellent performance and dedication by mosquito control field staff.

Submit your district for the next Agency Spotlight

D oes your agency have a success story, a staff member you would like to publicly recognize, or an innovation by your agency that you would like to highlight? "Agency Spotlight" on the MVCAC website is one way to share your story! Each submission which meets the specified criteria will be reviewed and posted on the MVCAC website on the Agency Spotlight page and highlighted on the homepage in the rotating feature box. Each story will remain posted for 1-2 months before being moved to a publicly archived page. 

Interested?  Click here   to fill out an application!

Applications can be submitted to the MVCAC office at mvcac@mvcac.org
MVCAC News Briefs - Zika Updates
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding Zika.

6/19/18: Protect yourself from the dangers of Zika - Corsicana Daily Sun
MVCAC News Briefs - Other Outbreaks
Please note: The items contained below are not the views or opinions of MVCAC but they are what is being reported in the media.  The goal of MVCAC providing this information is to keep MVCAC members informed of all news articles that are being presented regarding other outbreaks.

6/22/18: San Joaquin County MVCD Annual Mosquito-Fish Giveaway - San Joaquin County MVCD

6/20/18: CDC: California leads the nation in mosquito-borne disease - ABC 10

6/20/18: Why do suicidal beetles invade my basement each spring? - The Mercury News

6/20/18: No West Nile in Yolo County, but cases increase in nearby Sacramento County - Winters Express

6/20/18: Insect-Related Risks to Outdoor Workers - CDPH

6/19/18: West Nile Virus returns to the state, Stanislaus County - The Turlock Journal

6/18/18: Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus in Indian Wells - News Channel 3

6/18/18: Two mosquitoes found in Stockton have tested positive for West Nile - Recordnet.com

6/17/18: Infected Mosquitoes Found, Spraying Planned For Tuesday - The San Francisco Gate
Do you have important news to share about your district or mosquito and vector issues?  

If you would like your news to be included in the MVCAC News Briefs, please send press releases and/or links to relevant news articles to  mvcac@mvcac.org
Jobs

Interested in a career in mosquito and vector control? Check out the MVCAC Job Board  at  www.mvcac.org
 
Have a Job or RFP to post to MVCAC.org?  
Requests to post job listings (no more than 500 words in length) should be submitted to the webmaster at mvcac@mvcac.org.
MVCAC Sustaining Member Corner
Note: MVCAC does not endorse the products below, but we do support our Sustaining Members
Central Life Sciences has announced the release of Aqua Zenivex™ E20, a reduced-risk adulticide for mosquito control professionals.