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The FMEL, part of the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida, is about 3 miles south of Vero Beach along the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's subtropical east coast. The Laboratory, established in 1956, consists of a group of buildings among 38 acres of an oak-palm forest a scrub oak-pine forest and an extensive salt marsh.
The Florida State Legislature, recognizing the need for greatly expanded research on the biology and control of mosquitoes, especially about the effects of insect carried diseases on the citizens of Florida and on its tourist industry, mandated that the FMEL:
1. - Conduct research in the biology and control of biting insects and other arthropods which are important transmitters of disease or pest annoyances, giving special attention to the needs of Florida's mosquito control organizations (districts, counties and municipalities).
2. - Be a center to train students and personnel in the entomological aspects of public health, veterinary science, sanitation, mosquito control, drainage and irrigation design, wetlands management, and other areas requiring knowledge of medical entomology;
3. - Extend research and training to international programs.
Today, the FMEL is one of the world's largest research institutions devoted to the understanding and control of medically important and biting insects. Modern laboratory and support facilities and easy access to natural habitats offer an environment conducive to scientific investigation. Over 1100 scientific publications have been published in about 90 national and international journals. The FMEL staff of about 30 includes nine faculty in the University of Florida's IFAS, Department of Entomology and Nematology and several post- doctoral and graduate students in the Department. The FMEL extension program emphasizes gathering information, distribution of important research findings, and conducting biological studies at the districts.
The Florida Mosquito Control Association, Inc. is a non-profit, technical, scientific and educational association of mosquito control, medical, public health and military biologists, entomologists, engineers, and laymen who are interested in the biology or control of mosquitoes or other arthropods of public health importance.
The Florida Anti-Mosquito Association (FAMA) was established at Daytona Beach in 1922 following an epidemic of dengue fever in Miami the previous year. It was the first organized gathering of mosquito workers in the state though efforts to control malaria began in Florida during World War I. This new organization along with the Division of Entomology, Florida State Board of Health through local and state legislative promoted action to create local mosquito control districts. The first mosquito control law passed in Indian River County in 1925 creating the Indian River Mosquito Control District. Over the next ten years, four more MCDs were established. Now there are over 50 mosquito control agencies. In 1990 the organization’s name was changed to the Florida Mosquito Control Association (FMCA) to better reflect the true efforts of the association.
FMCA is incorporated in the State of Florida as a corporation not for profit. The officers of FMCA consist of a President, President-Elect, Vice President, Immediate Past-President, and Executive Director. Regional Representatives are elected from each of four geographic regions of the State: northwest, northeast, southwest, and southeast. There also is a Member-at-Large elected from the general membership.
The Board of Directors, consisting of the five officers and the five representatives, manages the affairs of FMCA and reports to the membership at all meetings.
The Bureau’s mission is to protect the health and safety of the State’s consumers and environment through effective mosquito control and pest control regulation. This includes work to improve the quality of industry services provided to consumers and to reduce the hazards associated with unlicensed and unsafe pest control practices. The Bureau assists in assuring compliance with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act under a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Pest Control Section regulates and licenses the pest control industry under the State’s Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Florida Statutes, and Rule Chapter 5E-14, Florida Administrative Code. The Mosquito Control Section oversees and regulates the State’s mosquito control program requirements under Chapter 388, Florida Statutes, and Rule Chapter 5E-13, Florida Administrative Code. The Section also maintains a DC-3 aircraft in Panama City which is used to perform emergency mosquito control and to conduct routine dog fly control operations in the Panhandle area of the State during the summer and fall.
Pest Control Section - The Pest Control Section regulates and licenses the pest control industry under the authority of the Structural Pest Control Act, Chapter 482, Florida Statutes, and the associated Rules, Chapter 5E-14, Florida Administrative Code. The Pest Control Section consists of the Document Issuance, Enforcement, and the Examination/Certification Subsections.
Mosquito Control Section - The Mosquito Control Section administers the mosquito control program under the authority of the Mosquito Control Act, Chapter 388, Florida Statutes, and the associated Rules, Chapter 5E-13, Florida Administrative Code.
Operational Support - The Operational Support Section is located in Panama City with its DC-3 aircraft and performs routine control operations for dog fly infestations throughout the Big Bend and Panhandle areas of the State.
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