Author: Sarah Austin

Mosquito Control In Claremont

From the Claremont-La Verne Patch June 9, 2021 Property owners and residents are reminded that standing water found around the home in cans, buckets, discarded tires, bird baths, and clogged rain gutters can create a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Please perform routine inspections of yard areas of standing water and containers that may hold water.…

UAS Application Visual Observer & Load Master, Leading Edge Aerial Technologies, Inc.

Description: LEAT is currently seeking an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Visual Observer (VO) and loader  to support ground and flight operations of an unmanned aircraft for aerial applications and imagery. As part of the operations, you will be responsible for all tasks associated with performing the Visual Observer duties and loading of the UAS. This…

2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award Applications Due 10/4/21

Applications for the 2022 William C. Reeves New Investigator Award will be accepted through Monday, October 4, 2021. The William C. Reeves New Investigator Award, memorializing Dr. William C. Reeves, who was a renowned University of California entomologist, is sponsored by the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California (MVCAC). The award is presented to…

Yellow Fever Mosquito Detected In San Joaquin County

From CBS Sacramento June 8, 2021 San Joaquin County (CBS13) – Mosquitoes that carry yellow fever have been detected in San Joaquin County. Invasive species were found in the Brookside area of ​​Stockton, according to the county’s mosquitoes and vector management area. This is the third consecutive year that this Aedes aegypti has been discovered…

West Nile virus found in dead crow in South Pasadena

From the South Pasadena Patch June 7, 2021 SOUTH PASADENA, CA — The first indication this year of West Nile virus circulating in Los Angeles County was detected in a dead crow collected in South Pasadena, the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito & Vector Control District announced today. West Nile virus is spread to people through…

Zika Virus RNA Discovered In Free Ranging Bats For The First Time

From IFL Science June 4, 2021 Scientists from Colorado State University have found the genetic material of the Zika virus in free-ranging African bats. This discovery is the first reported detection of RNA from this virus in bats outside of controlled experiments. As reported in Scientific Reports, the animals seem to be infected naturally, or via…

News Briefs 6.2.2021

MVCAC Member Scam Email Alert; Upcoming MVCAC Meetings; MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2021-22 Dues; New CEU Process; AMCA Research Fund Request for Pre-Proposals Now Open!; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re:…

Warm weather means more mosquitoes

From the Colusa County Sun Herald June 2, 2021 Colusa Mosquito Abatement District Manager Dan Kiely said as the weather begins to warm up, mosquito production will increase as well.  “People have been more cautious lately when it comes to venturing outside,” said Kiely. “Now that we are beginning to experience more outdoor activities, it…

Two mosquito samples and three birds test positive for West Nile virus in Galt

From the Daily Democrat June 1, 2021 The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District confirmed the first mosquito samples of the season have tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). The two mosquito samples were collected from central Galt. “As we expected, the very warm weather we’ve had recently increased the number of mosquitoes and…

West Nile-positive mosquitoes detected in Sacramento County, officials say

From the Sacramento Bee June 1, 2021 Local mosquito control officials said Tuesday that workers have confirmed Sacramento County’s first two positive cases of West Nile virus in mosquitoes of 2021, in the same area the virus was recently detected in dead birds. The two samples came from central Galt, according to a news release from…

Virus Potentially Fatal to Humans Found in 3 Dead Birds for the First Time in Sacramento County

From The Science Times May 28, 2021 Three scrub jays found dead in the Galt area tested positive for the West Nile virus, confirming the first case of a disease potentially fatal to humans in Sacramento County, health officials have reported. The California scrub jay (Aphelocoma californica) is a species of scrub jay native to western North America…

News Briefs 5.26.21

Memorial Day; MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2021-22 Dues; 2021 updated PDF Available for Mosquito Identification Key; New CEU Process; New CSDA Member Benefit Available for Mosquito and Vector Control Districts; AMCA Research Fund Request for Pre-Proposals Now Open!; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting…

Sacramento region’s first West Nile virus case of 2021 detected in dead birds

From the Sacramento Bee May 26, 2021 Sacramento County’s first positive West Nile virus cases of 2021 have been detected in dead birds. The birds — three nestling scrub jays — were found recently in the Galt area, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District said in a news release Wednesday. “Finding the first indication…

Pandemic shows need to invest in public health protections

From the Capitol Weekly May 26, 2021 One thing we have learned from the COVID-19 pandemic is that there is an immense need to invest in public health and disease prevention tools before there is another widespread outbreak. While we cannot fix the past, we do have an opportunity to ensure California residents are protected…

New test will benefit children with asymptomatic Zika

From UW Medicine Newsroom May 20, 2021 A new device will let doctors monitor infants and toddlers who are asymptomatic with Zika after contracting the virus in utero from their mothers, according to a recently published report  in the journal Physiological Measurement. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Martin Frasch, an OB-GYN researcher  with the University of…

News Briefs 5.19.21

MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2021-22 Dues; 2021 updated PDF Available for Mosquito Identification Key; New CEU Process; New CSDA Member Benefit Available for Mosquito and Vector Control Districts; AMCA Research Fund Request for Pre-Proposals Now Open!; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Share…

MVCAC Corporate Member Fiscal Status Report Submission for 2021-22 Dues

It’s that time of year again! Please fill out and email or fax back this year’s MVCAC Fiscal Status Report Form for your district’s MVCAC dues to be calculated. Dues for Corporate Members are due on July 1st of each year for the fiscal year ending June 30th of the following year. Unpaid dues will…

Operations Manager, Contra Costa MVCD

Description: Under the direction of the General Manager, provides leadership, plans, organizes, and directs operational programs and facilities. Supervises and coordinates the activities of the Operations Department, demonstrates a full understanding, and ensures compliance with federal and state laws, county, and city ordinances, District policies, and procedures, as well as represented employees’ Memorandum of Understanding. Coordinates…

LOCAL AREA BIRD TESTS WEST NILE VIRUS POSITIVE

From San Joaquin County MVCD May 14, 2021 (STOCKTON, CA) – San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District’s (District) mosquito-borne disease surveillance program recently detected West Nile virus (WNV) in a dead bird (wild finch) collected in the Ripon area, zip code 95366. “This is the first find of WNV activity in San Joaquin…

News Briefs 5.12.21

2021 updated PDF Available for Mosquito Identification Key; New CSDA Member Benefit Available for Mosquito and Vector Control Districts; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; New Journal; Social Media Messaging for Dead Bird Reporting; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19;…

News Briefs 5.5.21

New CSDA Member Benefit Available for Mosquito and Vector Control Districts; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; New Journal; Social Media Messaging for Lyme Disease Awareness Month (May 2021); Social Media Messaging for Dead Bird Reporting; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us;…

Peak Mosquito Season is Coming. Here’s All You Need to Know

From NBC Los Angeles May 6, 2021 It’s that time of year again: it’s time for swimming, basking in the sun, and of course, fending off annoying bites from mosquitoes.  What’s worse, in Southern California, is the presence of an aggressive ankle-biter mosquito that will bite multiple times, and doesn’t wait for dusk — they’ll…

City Of Fountain Valley: Save Water And Stop Mosquitoes

From the Fountain Valley Patch May 5, 2021 Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District and Irvine Ranch Water District have teamed up to remind residents that mosquito control is a shared responsibility that benefits everyone. The best method to reduce mosquito breeding on your property is to limit the number of potential sources. Walk…

News Briefs 4.28.21

2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; New Journal; Social Media Messaging for Lyme Disease Awareness Month (May 2021); Social Media Messaging for Dead Bird Reporting; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re:…

Invasive mosquito terrorizes some Visalia neighborhoods. Vector control urges community support

From the Visalia Times Delta April 28, 2021 An invasive mosquito species that feasts on humans during the day has seen an uptick in Visalia neighborhoods. The special district that manages the pests may seek a property tax assessment to help control the mosquito menaces, called Aedes aegypti or Yellow Fever Mosquito. The species was rediscovered in Tulare…

Residents urged to eliminate places where mosquito breed

From The Ceres Courier April 28, 2021 As the temperatures increase, so do the number of mosquitoes which are responsible for spreading diseases such as West Nile Virus and Saint Louis encephalitis virus. The Turlock Mosquito Abatement District – which includes Ceres – reminds residents to take steps to prevent mosquitoes and mosquito‐borne diseases. During…

Mosquito district advises residents to use precautions as temperatures rise

From the Turlock Journal April 28, 2021 As pleasant spring temperatures transition into sweltering summer days and nights, mosquitoes will be more active and looking to make a meal of any arm, leg, neck, etc. they can find. Along with their ravenous appetite comes a risk of contracting West Nile Virus and St. Louis encephalitis.…

Kern Mosquito and Vector Control to provide update on this year’s mosquito season

From KGET.com April 27, 2021 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — Kern County Mosquito and Vector Control will provide an update on this year’s mosquito season on Wednesday. This time last year Kern County saw an uptick of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which are also known as ankle-biters. This breed of mosquito can bite multiple times, and transmit…

GIS/IT Coordinator, San Joaquin County MVCD

Description: Under general direction of the Manager or his/her designee, the Geographic Information System (GIS) / Information Technology (IT) Coordinator is responsible for the development, coordination and maintenance of the District’s Geographical Information Systems and the District’s hardware and software systems. Submission Deadline: Open until filled Please click here for more information.

County to host mosquito fish giveaways

From The Union April 22, 2021 The Nevada County Environmental Health Department Vector Control Program will be holding Mosquito Fish Giveaways at the Eric Rood Administrative Building, 950 Maidu Ave, Nevada City. All giveaways will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Drive-thru pick-ups only; please remain in your car. Containers will be provided to…

News Briefs 4.21.21

MVCAC 2021 Yearbook Now Available Online!; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; Social Media Messaging for Dead Bird Reporting; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency…

Fight the bite this mosquito season in the Sacramento area

From KCRA3 April 21, 2021 SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It’s Mosquito and West Nile Virus Awareness Week in California. As the weather gets warmer, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito and Vector Control District is urging families to do their part to stop mosquitoes from multiplying. Advertisement Experts said we need to be extra vigilant for the next six…

District Reminds Residents To Be Aware Of Mosquitoes

From The Escalon Times April 21, 2021 As outdoor activity increases and temperatures rise, local residents are being encouraged to prevent mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases. The focus is especially on that topic now, during California Mosquito Awareness Week, being observed April 18 through 24. The San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) also…

As Outdoor Activity Increases and Temperatures Rise, People are Encouraged to Prevent Mosquitoes & Mosquito-Borne Diseases

From the San Joaquin County MVCD April 19, 2021 (STOCKTON, CA) – San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District (District) requests residents to remove standing water on their properties. As daily temperatures increase, the District’s staff is working to keep mosquitoes and mosquito-borne disease under control”, said Aaron Devencenzi, Public Information Officer of the…

Tropical species are moving northward as winters warm

From the Lake County News April 18, 2021 Notwithstanding February’s cold snap in Texas and Louisiana, climate change is leading to warmer winter weather throughout the southern U.S., creating a golden opportunity for many tropical plants and animals to move north, according to a new study in the journal Global Change Biology. Some of these…

It’s time to start thinking about mosquito protection

From The Daily Republic April 16, 2021 FAIRFIELD — Nicer weather draws more people outside, and that draws mosquitoes. “As the weather warms up and residents head outside, it’s important to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites,” said Truc Dever, president of the Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California, in a statement.…

Manager, National Sales North America, Valent Biosciences

Description: A US based position to manage the Valent BioSciences’ Public Health portfolio of business in the US, Mexico, and Canada. Responsible for managing the regional field technical sales force including staff development, evaluation, and performance. Coordinate and lead development of annual regional business plans.  Develop and manage the expense budget.  Identify and respond to…

News Briefs 4.14.21

Mosquito Awareness Week Outreach Materials Now Available; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; Social Media Messaging for Dead Bird Reporting; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19;…

News Briefs 4.7.21

New CEU Process; March Board Meeting Minutes Now Available; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; WNV Dead Bird Call Center Opens April 12; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member…

UConn professor works on developing Zika virus vaccine

From The Daily Campus April 8, 2021 A University of Connecticut associate professor recently had successful results in animal trials and is moving onto the next steps to produce a Zika virus vaccine.   Paulo Verardi, associate professor of virology and vaccinology, with help from then Ph.D. student Brittany Jasperse, were among the first researchers to file for…

Officials Urge Pasadenans to Help Take the Bite out of Mosquito Season

From Pasadena Now April 6, 2021 The San Gabriel Valley saw no deaths from West Nile virus during the pandemic lockdown, and vector control officials say they are hoping to continue the trend by reminding residents to get rid of standing water on their properties to prevent the mosquitoes that transmit the illness, and others, from breeding.…

Vector Control: mosquito and tick season is fast approaching

From NBC KOBI April 5, 2021 JACKSON COUNTY, Ore. — As the weather gets warmer, Jackson County Vector Control wants to remind you to protect yourself and your pets. Mosquitoes and ticks come out as the seasons change, they can carry diseases like West Nile Virus and Lyme Disease. Biologists at the vector control center…

News Briefs 3.31.21

New CEU Process; MVCAC Legislative Day; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; WNV Dead Bird Call Center Opens April 12; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19;…

Successful Zika vaccine in preclinical studies

From Science Daily April 1, 2021 UConn researcher Paulo Verardi, associate professor of pathobiology and veterinary science in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, has demonstrated the success of a vaccine against Zika virus and recently published his findings in Scientific Reports, a Nature Research publication. He has also filed provisional patent for the novel…

Cal Poly Study Finds Light Pollution Drives Increased Risk of West Nile Virus

From Cal Poly News March 2021 SAN LUIS OBISPO — A new study from Cal Poly and the University of South Florida (USF) is the first to provide direct evidence that light pollution is driving infectious disease patterns in nature. The research team previously determined mosquitoes and birds are attracted to artificial light at night,…

News Briefs 3.24.21

New CEU Process; MVCAC Legislative Day; 2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; MVCAC PFAS Statement; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources Re: COVID-19; Agency Spotlight: Delta VCD; Submit…

Zika virus helps destroy deadly brain cancer in mice

From Washington University in St. Louis March 24, 2021 The Zika virus that ravaged the Americas, leaving many babies with permanent brain damage, may have a silver lining. The virus can activate immune cells to destroy an aggressive brain cancer in mice, giving a powerful boost to an immunotherapy drug and sparking long-lasting immunological memory…

Vector Control Offers Tips on Mosquito-Proofing Rain Barrels, Water Conservation

From SCVNews.com March 22, 2021 As Southern California residents, water conservation is part of our lifestyle and rain barrels are an easy way to capture rainwater for future use. However, if not properly maintained, rain barrels can become an ideal breeding source for mosquitoes. Learn how to mosquito-proof your rain barrel and continue to conserve…

Field Sciences (Biology) – summer/fall seasonal – travel required, Clarke

Description: The Field Sciences seasonal position is responsible for assisting the Field Biologists with field evaluations, data entry, shipping of equipment and keeping inventory up to date. The candidate will assist with some of our local and remote studies following strict procedures accordingly with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. Ideal Candidate will have completed…

News Briefs 3.17.21

2021 MVCAC Annual Meeting – On Demand now available!; MVCAC Spring Board Meeting; New CDPH-VBDS WNV Webpage in Spanish; Timely Messages for Adult Tick Season; NPDES Report Information; MVCAC Monthly Committee Meeting Information; 2021 Sentinel Chicken Orders; Vector lab freezer space for COVID-19 vaccine; Share Your Post COVID-19 Exposure Methods With Us; MVCAC Member Resources…