This class provides an introduction to mosquitoes and mosquito borne disease, mosquito identification and recognizing and correcting mosquito breeding sites in urban environments. It is designed specifically for pest management professionals who would like to offer mosquito control services for residential and community customers.
Hands on elements will include making microscopic observations of mosquito adults and larvae, servicing mosquito traps, observing application equipment and applying mosquito adulticides. 6 hours. Cost $20 (Partial subsidy by Centers for Disease Control). Lunch provided. Registration open: until July 17. Class size limited to 20. No refunds after July 17. Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center, Building E Classroom. 8 am to 3 pm. [Instructors: Swiger, Merchant, Haas] (CEUs TBD)
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- Introduction to mosquitoes and public health
- Basic mosquito biology
- Important species, their habits and disease associations
- Important mosquito borne diseases in Texas
- IPM for mosquitoes
- Habitat modification
- Hands-on exercises
- Mosquito ID
- Conducting a mosquito inspection
- Mosquito traps and monitoring
- Equipment use and maintenance
- Dr. Sonja Swiger is Associate Professor and Extension Entomologist based in Stephenville, TX. Dr. Swiger leads the Arbovirus Response Taskforce for AgriLife Extension, and conducts workshops for public health departments statewide on mosquitoes and mosquito control.
- Dr. Mike Merchant is Professor and Extension Urban Entolomologist and director of IPM Experience House.
- Keith Haas is Senior Product Development Entomologist for Central Life Sciences. He has extensive problem solving experience with PMPs and mosquito control around the country.