April 2020
Presented by: Scott Willis
May 13, 2020 | 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Lucas George Terracina
(December 01,1953 - March 14, 2018)

Lucas was born in Opelousas, Louisiana where he grew up and graduated from Opelousas Catholic High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Southwestern Louisiana University (ULL). Lucas began his career in mosquito control with Calasieu Parish in 1976. He became director in 1980 and retired after 35 years of service.

During his tenure, he took a newly created mosquito control program and built it into one of the prominent programs within the country. He actively promoted mosquito education within the school system. In addition, he helped to develop statewide certifications and workshops for all mosquito control workers.

Lucas took an active role in many professional organizations. He served on the Louisiana Mosquito Control Association as a Board member for 26 years and as President in 1983 and 2006. The LMCA awarded him the Hathaway Ritter Distinguished Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding contributions to the cause of mosquito control in Louisiana. He enjoyed being the co-editor of the LMCA newsletter for many years. Lucas was the first representative appointed to the Louisiana Department of Agriculture Advisory Commission on Pesticides. He was affiliated and served on the boards of many organizations that not only benefited mosquito control but his community as well.

Following the hurricanes of 2005 (Katrina and Rita) he and others were instrumental in appropriating the funds necessary to develop an arbovirus testing program at Louisiana State University (LSU) that supports the entire state. One of Lucas's great talents was lobbying and educating legislatures as to the need for continued mosquito control and research.

In the early 1990's he served as interim director for the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The AMCA honored him with their highest award, the "Medal of Honor" in 2002 for exemplary service and leadership. He represented the LMCA and the South-Central Region of the U.S. as Regional Director of the AMCA. 

Lucas had a great love of family. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying both hunting and fishing. He especially loved watching his children and grandchildren participate in sports. He served many years as a volunteer coach for youth sports teams in soccer, baseball, and softball.

Lucas left a legacy of caring for his family, community, and profession.
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Legislative and Regulatory Update

AMCA members have continuously asked Congress to support a public health preparedness fund, enhanced laboratory capacity, and better-quality databases to track diseases. What we’ve witnessed is reactionary responses to epidemics such as West Nile virus and Zika virus.  Now, as we head into mosquito season during the COVID-19 pandemic, mosquito control programs are experiencing delays in mosquito testing, lack of laboratory materials, and shortages of personal protective equipment.  In response, AMCA is raising the issue with members of the Appropriations Committees that one public health crisis must not amplify another, asking them to fully fund the SMASH Act and the Kay Hagan TICK Act, recent public health preparedness measures enacted by Congress. To read the letter of support CLICK HERE . For information on how to help, contact Gary Goodman , Federal Funding Chairman.


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency determined that current application methods of chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are expected to produce aquatic concentrations of the three pesticides that are likely to cause harm to 77 federally-listed species and 50 designated critical habitats ( https://www.epa.gov/endangered-species/biological-evaluation-chapters-chlorpyrifos-esa-assessment , https://www.epa.gov/endangered-species/biological-evaluation-chapters-diazinon-esa-assessment https://www.epa.gov/endangered-species/biological-evaluation-chapters-malathion-esa-assessment ). NOAA Fisheries concluded that chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion are likely to jeopardize the continued existence of 38 species and adversely modify 37 designated critical habitats.

Litigation challenging the NMFS Biological Opinions (BiOps) for the three organophosphates had been suspended to allow NMFS additional time to consider whether it wanted to confirm or revise the BiOps. The registrants, whose position was supported by the user community, had been vigorously maintaining that the BiOps were substantially and fatally flawed and not supported by the best evidence.

NMFS submitted a Notice of Filing to the court this month advising that it has decided “ it will issue a revised biological opinion for chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion pursuant to the Endangered Species Act by June 2022 .” The L&R Committee is following this closely and will submit comments as necessary. 


On April 23, 2020 the Supreme Court ruled in the case of County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund that the Clean Water Act applies to some pollutants that reach the sea and other protected waters indirectly through groundwater. 

The Supreme Court rejected what it called extreme positions from both sides of the issue, returning the case to a lower appeals court for reconsideration. However, the fact that the case focused on discharges to ground water makes it a case worth following for our AMCA members. For more information CLICK HERE .

To comment, question, or get involved in legislative and regulatory issues, contact Angela Beehler .
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First Name: Benjamin

Last Name: McMillan

Organization: Virgina Tech

City: Blacksburg

State: Virginia

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What was your first job? Ecological Entomologist at Biological Monitoring, Inc.

How did you get started in mosquito control?
When I was 20 years old, I started in Dr. Sally Paulson's Medical and Veterinary Entomology lab as an undergraduate researcher. Over time, this really grabbed my attention, and after I graduated I decided to pursue mosquito research as a graduate student. When I started as a researcher in her lab, we had just gotten interested in the chemical control of mosquitoes, so I jumped right in and that started me on the path I'm on today!

 Favorite thing about being an AMCA member?
Hard to choose just one thing, but I would say the webinars are my favorite aspect. Being able to access so many expert presentations and opinions is a really great resource!

Anyone with 5 years or less experience in a mosquito-related field (student, mosquito control, government, industry, etc) is eligible to join!
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