AMCA Position Papers

 

Homeland Security Threat: Defending the United States from Mosquito-Transmitted Diseases

Issue: With the emergence and spread of the Zika virus in the western hemisphere on the heels of diseases such as dengue fever, West Nile virus and chikungunya, it is prudent to increase a sustainable, nationwide capacity for the surveillance and control of their mosquito vectors.  In the absence of vaccines for these diseases, vector control is the first line of defense.  Fortunately, Congress has the means readily at hand to help prevent or minimize the risk, if it chooses to devote dollars to the existing authority. Click here for more...

 

Clean Water Act NPDES Permit Impacts on Mosquito Control Programs

Issue: Mosquito Control Programs (MCP’s) are required to have NPDES permits under the Clean Water Act (CWA) for mosquito control pesticide applications occurring over, near, or in waters of the US.  However, these permits are redundant, since pesticide product use has already been reviewed and approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) during the registration and labeling process.   Furthermore, the failure to obtain or operate in accordance with a NPDES permit exposes MCPs to substantial CWA penalties, including Citizen Suit litigation. These NPDES permit requirements provide little or no environmental benefit, and can have a chilling effect on the ability of MCPs to protect the public from mosquitoes and mosquito-borne diseases, such as West Nile virus, dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus. Click here for more...

 

Endangered Species Act Considerations and Mosquito Control Programs

Issue: Decisions on how pesticides should be used near sensitive or listed species are not being developed in a transparent manner based upon sound science.  Click here for more...

 

Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity Grants for Mosquito-borne Disease Surveillance

Issue: Reduced federal funding is crippling the capabilities of state mosquito-borne disease monitoring and response programs. Increased federal funding is needed to address endemic mosquito-caused diseases, as well as Chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne pathogen newly-emerging in the Western Hemisphere.  Click here for more...

 

Mosquito Control on Federal Lands for federal properties where mosquito control is limited or not allowed 

Issue: Federal agencies need to better accommodate mosquito control activities on their lands, as identified and performed by local mosquito control programs.  Click here for more...

 

Pollinator Protections and Mosquito Control

Issue: : The American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) appreciates the vital role pollinating insects, primarily European Honey Bees, play in the availability of many agricultural products and fully supports science-based efforts to ensure pollinator populations are not adversely affected by pesticide applications designed to protect public health.  Click here for more...

Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the Vector Control Industry 

Issue: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) – better known as drones - for use in the vector control industry provide numerous efficacies, advantages and safety.  Click here for more...