A hands-on public safety workshop for people in the field who deal with mosquitoes, the primary vectors of West Nile virus in Wyoming, will take place March 29 to 31 at the University of Wyoming.
Topics will include identifying mosquitoes, learning about their biology and behavior, controlling the insects and communicating with the public about management issues.
Sponsored by the UW Department of Renewable Resources, the Cooperative Extension Service, the Wyoming Department of Health and the Laramie County Health Department, the workshop will take place March 29 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., March 30 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 31 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the UW Entomology Laboratory in Room 4022 of the College of Agriculture building in Laramie.
The cost of the program is $50. The fee for those who would like to earn two hours of college credit is $70. The registration deadline is March 22, and the class will be limited to 25 students. Sign-up forms can be obtained by contacting CES educator, Phil Rosenlund, Laramie County at 307-633-4383.
This is the third year the mosquito management workshop has been offered.
"We want technicians working in the field to be as knowledgeable as possible in controlling mosquitoes," says UW entomology professor, Jack Lloyd, who teaches the program along with several colleagues.
Participants will collect, mount and identify different mosquitoes and will also learn spraying tactics. Sessions will focus on Culex tarsalis, the primary vector of West Nile virus in the state. Students will receive a textbook and collection supplies.
"This is really a matter of public safety," Lloyd says. "People who are properly trained can help in the reduction of the vector mosquito."