NEWS BRIEFS
October 6, 2017
MVCAC Fall Meeting: Oct. 31 - Nov. 2
Embassy Suites Sacramento Riverfront Promenade
100 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, CA 95814

Click here to download the Fall Meeting schedule 
Click here to login and view the Board Meeting Agenda

Room rate $189/night
Make your reservations:
  1. Click here and make a reservation using the group/convention code: MQV
  2. Alternatively you can register online by clicking here
  3. Call (916) 326-5000 and ask for the Mosquito & Vector Control Association discount rate.
The group rate room reservation deadline is  October 10, 2017.

Please note : We have hotel rooms for the night of the 30th for those needing them for the Train the Trainer event on the 31st.

More information for this meeting will be posted on our website as it becomes available. 

Call for Speakers


The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC) will hold its 86th Annual Conference on January 28-31, 2018 at the Monterey Marriott in Monterey, CA. You are invited to submit a paper or poster for presentation at the conference. 

Deadline for submission of the completed "Request to Present a Paper" form has been extended to  Friday, October 13, 2017 please note that  this will be the only extension we will be granting. Requests received after the deadline may not be accepted. 

Click the button below to learn more and submit your paper or poster today.

In This Issue
From ESA - Hurricane Recovery: Your Help is Needed

As communities from Texas to the U.S. Virgin Islands begin the recovery efforts from this season's series of hurricanes, those affected are seeking help from entomologists and the scientific community:
Contra Costa MVCD - Paula Macedo, New General Manager, Takes the Helm
Mosquito Bytes Newsletter 9/30/17

General Manager Paula Macedo, DVM, Ph.D.
Craig Downs retires after 36 years

This month we say goodbye to our longtime General Manager Craig Downs who retired after 36 years and say hello to our new General Manager Paula Macedo, DVM, Ph.D.

Macedo comes to the District with impressive credentials.

She hails from the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District where she served as that District's laboratory director for 11 years. Her surveillance program is internationally recognized and considered the most comprehensive program of its kind in the United States.

Alameda MAD - Quarterly Newsletter and Updates Fall 2017

The Official Start of Fall

The end of summer doesn't mean the end of mosquito season for us in the Ba y Area. Although the intermittent rain we have experienced recently may not have been enough to keep your garden green, it is enough to create standing water for mosquitoes to breed.  The best way to reduce mosquito populations in your area is to dump and drain any standing water.  For ideas on places that commonly breed mosquitoes see our  backyard checklist



Coastal Cleanup Day

Mosquitoes need standing water to complete their development from an egg to an adult.  When trash and debris collect in our waterways they can form pockets of stagnant water creating an ideal habitat for mosquito larvae.  This year several District employees participated in the 2017 California Coastal Cleanup Day held at locations throughout the Bay Area.  Reducing mosquito habitat has been an important part of the District's mosquito control program since we were first formed in 1930. 







When Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were detected for the first time in the Coachella Valley in May 2016, the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District developed a response based on lessons learned by other vector control districts already fighting the invasive species. One refrain heard time and again was "you can't get rid of this mosquito without the help of the community." With a backyard breeder like Ae. aegypti, education efforts need to focus on changing people's behavior as it pertains to yard maintenance. Any progress reducing the invasive species through surveillance and control efforts are temporary if mosquito breeding sources are not eliminated from people's yards.

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
86 th  Annual MVCAC Conference - January 28-30, 2018


Registration is now OPEN!
Click here to register online now
Click here to download the registration form

Join us at the wonderful Monterey Marriott hotel!
350 Calle Principal
Monterey, CA 93940
Room rate: $189 plus taxes
Hotel cut off date: December 29, 2017 or until the block is full
Room Deposit: You will be charged a first night's deposit for your hotel room, per the MVCAC policy
Click here to book your rooms

Highlights for this year's conference

Annual Munzy Golf Tournament
Sunday, January 28 11 AM
Pacific Grove Golf Links
77 Asilomar Boulevard
Pacific Grove CA 93950

The annual Munzy Golf Tournament will be featured at this year's conference! To register, please click  here and return to the MVCAC Office no later than January 4, 2018.

MVCAC IT committee and Lab Technologies Workshop
Visual Gateway Training
Sunday January 28 th
1:00-5:00 PM
Monterey Marriott

2nd Annual Outrunning Mosquitoes 5K
Sunday, January 28 2:00 PM

What better way to start off your conference experience than a fun run/walk through the streets of Monterey? This year's course takes you right along the bay, through cannery row and back to the Marriott hotel. Not a runner? No problem! Walkers will enjoy this flat and easy course as well. Coveted mosquito trophies will once again be highly sought after!

Your registration fee includes some race swag, a free drink ticket for the opening reception and of course bragging rights!

2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 12/1/17

Applications for the 2018 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award will be accepted through Friday, December 1, 2017. 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.
 
Please  click here for more information.
District Trustee Information Form

This year's Yearbook Questionnaire did not ask for emails for the Trustees of your district.  The Trustee Council is interested in this information in hopes to get more Trustees involved with the council. Please fill in the  following form  and return to  rhickerson@amgroup.us  or via fax at 916-444-7462.
Training Course for Unmanned Aerial Systems being offered again

Leading Edge Associates, Inc. is offering their FAA  sUAS  Part 107 Test Prep and Basic Flight Training Courses again. This time it will be in Southern California at the Northwest Mosquito & Vector Control District on Wednesday October 25 th  and Thursday October 26 th .

To register, please call or email:
Piper Kimball, Vector Biologist
piper@leateam.comPh: (707) 484-6937

Click here to view the event flyer
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.
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.

10/3/17: Signs of West Nile Virus found in Shasta County - KRCR TV

10/3/17: Four chickens near Redding catch West Nile virus - Record Searchlight

10/3/17: MOSQUITOES, DEAD BIRDS, AND A CHICKEN TEST POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE VIRUS - Contra Costa MVCD

10/2/17: Controlling mosquitoes through aerial management - Sierra Wave Media

10/2/17: Hurricane Harvey: The floods, the wind - and the mosquitoes - TribTalk

10/2/17: WVMVCD Media Release: Invasive Mosquito Alert: Aedes albopictus Detected in Montclair - West Valley MVCD

10/1/17: Rodeo community remembers teen who lost life to West Nile - KHOU

9/30/17: Yellow fever bugs caught in backyard insect trap - The Porterville Recorder

9/30/17: Deadly West Nile virus cases are spiking in LA. The first line of defense: chickens - PBS News Hour
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  rhickerson@amgroup.us.
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.