2021-2022 MMCA Board and Committees
An exciting update from the board, on April 20th we approved 7 aspirators to be purchased and donated to Dr. Emily Dinh (MDHHS). On April 26th, the items and collection tubes were ordered. They are headed to Calhoun, Jackson, Kalamazoo, Kent, Livingston, and Oakland County health departments. This equipment will be utilized in mosquito collection and surveillance operations.
We have reached the tentative “halfway point” of Michigan’s mosquito season. All things considered and up until the recent rainfall, mosquitoes throughout the central Michigan area really have not been that bad.
APM and Bay County noted earlier than normal Coquillettidia perturbans (cattail mosquito) activity in the Saginaw Bay area and surrounding communities. Adult females are aggressive biters, feeding from 10pm-2am and peak adult emergence is usually right around the 4th of July. So, I think it is safe to say that most of the mosquito problems experienced around the great lakes bay region are perturbans. Looking ahead, recent and forecasted rainfall could provide conditions for an Aedes vexans hatch. These mosquitoes typically emerge from flooded yards and ditches. With warm enough temps, vexans can complete their growth cycle as quickly as one week. Also aggressive biters, females are smaller in size but will bite during the daytime as well as the evening hours. So be on the lookout for those two species as we move into mid-summer. As always, larviciding flooded yards and ditches provides excellent control of larval populations. To all night drivers around the state, stay safe out there. I know all too well that the night shift can leave an operator tired behind the wheel. So, stay hydrated, keep the coffee on, and keep an eye out for deer. Wishing everyone smooth operations and good spraying conditions.
Board Members terms will expire:
February 2022 - Britanie Rountree, Melinda Moreno, and Jessica Fetterman
February 2023 - David Driver & Isaac Blackmon
Awards & Recognition - Kristy Brandt & Ken Misiak
Finance - Melinda Moreno
Legislative Liaison - Carl Doud
Member and Nominating - Britanie Rountree
2022 Conference Planning - Midland County Mosquito Control
Public Education and Information - Ken Misiak
Scientific - Bill Stanuszek
2021 7F Seminar Planning- Rebecca Brandt
Strategic Planning - Carl Doud