Mosquito control workshop set for April 7 in Tyler, TX

by Adam Russell, Texas A&M AgriLife

A vector management workshop for city and municipal personnel will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at the R.B. Hubbard Center, 304 E. Ferguson St. in Tyler.

There is no charge to register, and lunch is provided.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service workshop is designed to train city and municipal personnel who are in the mosquito abatement field or are working on setting up a mosquito control program. The program will educate personnel on mosquito identification, biology, ecology, control tactics, trap use, surveillance, virus testing, Zika and mosquito control.

Speakers and topics include:

Dr. Sonja Swiger, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Stephenville – Mosquito Identification and Biology.

Suzanne Transier, Texas Department of Agriculture inspector, Lindale – Laws and Regulations Updates.

Dr. Chris Menges, Texas Department of State Health Services veterinarian, Tyler — Mosquito-Borne Diseases.

Erfan Vafaie, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Overton – Integrated Mosquito Management.

Swiger – Mosquito Surveillance.

For more specific information and to preregister, contact Swiger or Heidi Nivens at 254-968-4144, or email them at or, respectively.

Further information is also available at or by contacting the AgriLife Extension office in the appropriate county.

Each location will offer continuing education units for pesticide licensing through the Texas Department of Agriculture and animal control. The pesticide license units available at each workshop are three structural, one pesticide, one integrated pest management and one laws and regulations, and five agriculture – two general, two integrated pest management and one laws and regulations. Registered sanitarian and animal control continuing education will also be offered

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