CA/S PS Intro to Mosquito Control 2 HR CE #O-0071-21 / #9679 (d)

Intro to Mosquito Control

Course Description

Mankind has been battling mosquitoes since before the first settlers landed on the continent. Mosquitoes are vectors for a multitude of diseases that are harmful to humans, livestock, and pets. To effectively manage a mosquito population as part of an integrated pest management plan applicators must be familiar with mosquito physiology, the lifecycle of the mosquito, and various collection and surveillance methods for both adult mosquitoes and larvae. It is also important to have a good understanding of the diseases that are commonly vectored by mosquitoes. The course will talk about surveillance methods, mosquito anatomy, and touch on the diseases that are most commonly vectored by mosquitoes in the United States.

After completing this course participants will be able to:

  • Describe the different stages in the mosquito lifecycle.
  • Explain the differences between male and female mosquitoes.
  • Suggest different surveillance and collection tactics to efficiently trap mosquitoes in the target area.
  • List and describe several commonly mosquito vectored diseases.

Chapter 1 – Mosquito Physiology and Lifecycle

Lesson 1

  • Male vs Female Mosquitoes
  • Mosquito Lifecycle
  • Larvae Anatomy
  • Mosquito Pupa

Chapter 2 – Adult Mosquito Anatomy

Lesson 1

  • Basic Mosquito Anatomy
  • Tools for Identification

Chapter 3 – Mosquito Collection and Surveillance

Lesson 1

  • Capturing a Mosquito for ID
  • Strategies for Collection
  • Adult Mosquito Surveillance
  • Collecting/Storing Without Damaging

Lesson 2

  • Capturing a Mosquito for ID
  • Adult Trap Collection

Chapter 4 – Egg & Larval Collection & Surveillance

Lesson 1

  • Larval Mosquito Surveillance
    • Dipper Sampling for Larvae
    • Population Density
  • Mosquito Egg Surveillance
    • Oviposition Trap

Chapter 5 – Mosquito-Borne Diseases

Lesson 1

  • Encephalitis
  • West Nile Encephalitis Virus
  • St. Louis Encephalitis
  • Eastern Equine Encephalitis
  • La Crosse Encephalitis

Lesson 2

  • Jamestown Canyon Virus
  • Zika Virus
  • Malaria
  • Chikungunya
  • Yellow Fever
  • Dirofilaria immitis – Dog Heartworm
  • Wuchereria bancrofti – Lymphatic Filariasis

Final Assessment 

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