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.
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 http://www.FLRules.org/gateway/View_Notice.asp?id=13316856..
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.
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.
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,
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
June 10th, 2011
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE FMCA PRESIDENT:
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.
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
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
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
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
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