The Florida Mosquito Control Association, Inc.
is a non-profit, technical, scientific and educational
of mosquito control, medical, public health and military biologists,
entomologists, engineers, and laymen who are interested in the
biology or control of mosquitoes
or other arthropods
of public health importance.
Florida Mosquito Control Association
The Florida Anti-Mosquito Association (FAMA) was established
at Daytona Beach in 1922 following an epidemic of dengue fever
Miami the previous year. It was the first organized gathering of
mosquito workers in the state though efforts to control malaria
began in Florida during World War I. This new organization along
with the Division of Entomology, Florida State Board of Health
through local and state legislative promoted action to create
local mosquito control districts. The first mosquito control
in Indian River County in 1925 creating the Indian River Mosquito
Control District. Over the next ten years, four more MCDs were
established. Now there are over 50 mosquito control agencies. In
1990 the organization’s name was changed to the Florida
Mosquito Control Association (FMCA) to better reflect the true
efforts of the association.
FMCA is incorporated in the State of Florida as a corporation not for profit. The officers of FMCA consist of a President, President-Elect, Vice President, Immediate Past-President, and Executive Director. Regional Representatives are elected from each of four geographic regions of the State: northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast. There also is a Member-at-Large elected from the general membership.
The Board of Directors, consisting of the five officers and the five representatives, manages the affairs of FMCA and reports to the membership at all meetings.
FMCA holds an Annual Meeting each fall for the presentation of papers and discussion of mosquito abatement and related subjects. The meeting normally lasts three days and is highlighted by invitational papers given by world recognized authorities on a variety of subjects. Space is available for commercial companies to exhibit the latest technological materials and products.
The Spring Conference is held for the primary purpose of exchanging information on the biology and control of mosquitoes and other arthropods of public health importance. The conference usually lasts two days.
The Dodd Plenary Short Courses are held for five days during the winter, usually at the end of January or beginning of February. The courses, taught by recognized experts, cover such topics as mosquito identification and chemical and biological control techniques. They are designed to educate all mosquito control personnel in the various aspects of mosquito control. The Dodd Plenary Short Courses also provide certification training CEUs in many categories.
Buzz Words is the official newsletter of the FMCA and it is sent to all members on a quarterly basis. Buzz Words keeps members up-to-date on mosquito control issues and activities of the association. Wing Beats is a quarterly magazine that is sent to all members. Technical Bulletins are published on an as-needed basis.