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August 17th, 2015

The FMCA is proud to announce the 2016 Personnel Exchange Program with Australia. Much of Florida and Australia have similarities in their mosquito control problems and programs. Because of these similarities, there are benefits in facilitating an exchange of information and experience between these two countries by allowing appropriate personnel to participate in a short-term overseas program. This program was initially developed in 1993 first allowing several Australians to participate in this fashion in Florida mosquito control programs. In the 1990s, several Florida mosquito control employees traveled to Australia as part of this program as well. At that time, it proved to be a beneficial program for all involved. For the past approx. 15 years, this program has essentially remained dormant.

Recently Dr. Pat Dale (Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia) has approached several FMCA members (and also mosquito control employees in other states) concerning reviving this program. The stated purpose of the FMCA Personnel Exchange Program is to encourage, promote and financially support the extended travel of Florida operational mosquito control employees to other mosquito control-related programs to further their education and training and to obtain information from their travel that may benefit mosquito control in general.

For 2016, the Florida Mosquito Control Association has budgeted up to $4000 to support this program.

While we are pleased that there has already been some interest expressed in regard to the exchange program, we have seen some misunderstandings in the program’s intent. As proposed, this is designed to provide an opportunity for up-and-coming professionals to travel to areas of Australia which are heavily involved in mosquito control, share ideas and hopefully bring back methodologies that can be implemented in Florida programs. This experience will better prepare these individuals for enhanced leadership roles in the mosquito control profession in the future. We hope this better clarifies the program’s intent and will stimulate operational-level employees to apply for consideration for it.

Download the 2016 FMCA Personnel Exchange Program Announcement (PDF) to learn more.

July 17th, 2015

There is new mandatory pesticide label restriction proposal which actually is duplicate bee language already on the adulticide labels. This regulation targets pesticides based on their toxicity to honeybees only. There is no consideration of application rate. Please consider reviewing this proposal.

EPA’s Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products

Jonathon Hornby has stated that "LCMCD has responded to the “EPA’s Proposal to Mitigate Exposure to Bees from Acutely Toxic Pesticide Products” . It is inspired by agricultural application rates which are ten times or more higher then mosquito control rates. It affects larvicides, Spinosad, as well as adulticides. EPA states that this regulation is a precursor to additional regulations related to all pollinators. An exemption for public health pesticides is included but as usual is tied to “Government-declared health response” which, those in mosquito control know, rarely occurs and always happens after the disease is fully underway within the human population. LCMCD feels the application rates and current application technology used in mosquito control pose little to no risk to pollinators and warrants a complete exemption from this regulation. LCMCD’s response is posted at the docket for this regulation. It is important to mosquito control that many comments are made by mosquito control agencies no matter how brief."

Lee County Mosquito Control Response (PDF).

June 21st, 2015

NEW!! The week of June 21 – June 27, 2015 was the 18th annual National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Learn more here.

August 6th, 2013

Dear FMCA Members,

Announcing the date, time and place of the FDACS’ Rulemaking Workshop. FMCA urges all to attend.

The Workshop will be held on August 30, 2013, from 10:00a to 2:00p, at the Mid-Florida Research and Education Center in Apopka, Florida. The address is:

Mid-Florida Research & Education Center

2725 S. Binion Road

Apopka, FL 32703-8504

Phone: (407) 884-2034

A copy of the Notice of Rule Development can be downloaded here.

A Rule Workshop will be noticed in the Florida Administrative Register.

You can access it at

Approved by Bob Betts, President of the FMCA, for distribution.

October 14th, 2012

Dear FMCA Members,

It is an honored tradition each year, during the opening of our Annual Meeting for the Florida Mosquito Control Association, to recognize and honor the memory of Mosquito Control people who have passed away.

We would like to request your assistance to identify any of those in your Mosquito Control organization that have passed away to be included in the memorial.  If you would kindly send us their names, the position they held, and when they passed away this year, it would be our privilege to recognize and honor them with a moment of silence.  Additionally, if you have a picture of the employee, we would like to include it in our PowerPoint pictorial.

We thank you for your assistance in responding by October 26th.  We also appreciate your help in the opportunity in remembering our colleagues.


President Lawrence J. Hribar

September 17th, 2012

The Florida Mosquito Control Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Debra Parker Smith has been appointed as Executive Director of the Association. Debra resides in North Palm Beach. She has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science in Secretarial Science from Schenectady Community College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management from the State University of New York at Albany.

Please download the announcement for more information.

The Florida Mosquito Control Association Board of Directors is eternally grateful for the dedication, commitment, and hard work that Shelly Redovan has been doing for the Association since she stepped back in to help us through a difficult time in 2011. Shelly has put in countless hours of work on getting our Association back into shape financially and organizationally. She has worked very hard to hand things over to the new Executive Director, Deb Smith. Shelly and Deb will work together over the next few months during the transition.

Please download the announcement for more information.

June 20th, 2012

June 24 - 30, 2012 is National Mosquito Control Awareness Week. Read about educational acitivites in Florida here.

The University of Florida, with cooperation from the Florida Mosquito Control Association, will offers an exam for advanced mosquito control employees. The exam will be on August 31, 2012 at the University of Florida, Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory in Vero Beach. The exam begins at 9:00 am and must be completed by 1:00 pm.

Please note that there will not be another chance to take the exam until the FMCA Dodd Short Courses in January 2013.

If you plan to take the August exam, please REGISTER HERE

June 10th, 2011


On May 26, 2011, Kellie Etherson resigned from her position as Executive Director (ED). We appreciate Kellie’s long-term service to the FMCA and wish her well in her future endeavors.

Legislative/Regulatory News

March 31, 2012

The FMCA Executive Board and the FMCA Legislative Committee have released the FMCA Legislative Report (May 2012). Please take a minute to read this important report.

October 13, 2011

NPDES Update!!

This is a reminder that all Districts must have their Notice of Intent (NOI) on DEP's desk no later than close of business on October 30.

June 13, 2011

The Florida Coordinating Council on Mosquito Control will be meeting on June 14th, 2011 at 10:00 AM.

More information, including teleconfernce information can be found here...

Click here for the agenda (PDF)...

May 20, 2011

Mosquito Control State Aid Funding 2011

May 15, 2011

Legislative Update

April 7, 2011

NPDES documents posted.

April 5, 2011

FMCA President Roxanne Connelly posted information regarding HR 872.

April 2, 2011

Manatee County Mosquito Control has kindly offered to let FMCA post their Draft NPDES Pesticide Discharge Management Plan as an example.

March 3, 2011

NPDES Overview and History posted.

February 8, 2011

DEP has been authorized to proceed with notice of proposed rule for the following rule: 62-621.300(8)

February 6, 2011

FMCA Letter to Gov. Scott regarding NPDES rule-making process.

FMCA Proposed State Aid Distribution

June 8th, 2010

AMCA letter of appreciation to FMCA

June 3rd, 2010

EPA’s website and comment area for the NPDES permitting

June 1st, 2010

Legislative summary from FMCA’s Legislative Committee

May 24th, 2010

Governor’s veto of HB 981

Arboviral News

April 27th, 2010

CDC Health Advisory - Potential for Dengue Infection Among Relief Workers Returning from Haiti

Apri 20th, 2010

Health department confirms dengue case in Key West, restates health advisory


Volusia County Mosquito Control - Environmental Specialist III

Closing Date: Unknown

Collier County Mosquito Control - Research Entomologist

Closing Date: Unknown

Request for Proposals (RFPs)

None at this time