The week of June 26 to July 2, 2016 has been declared National Mosquito Control Awareness Week by the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA). The goal is to educate the general public about the significance of mosquitoes in their daily lives and the important service provided by mosquito control workers throughout the United States and worldwide.
To kick off the week, Richard Levine, the editor of the Entomology Today blog, spoke with Joseph Conlon, technical advisor of the AMCA.
Richard Levine: When did Mosquito Control Awareness Week begin and why?
Joseph Conlon: The original resolution declaring the week each year that includes the date of June 26th as Mosquito Control Awareness Week was drafted in 2003 and signed off by then AMCA president, Dr. Fred Knapp. It arose, at least partly, in response to the emergence and spread of West Nile virus, particularly the large outbreak in 2002.
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