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Mosquito Identification, Biology,
Ecology, Surveillance & Control

Course Code: AE0601CA

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Last Held: Workshops ran from January 20, 2011 - June 10, 2011

Next offering TBD.


Mosquito Biology & Control [MBC]
Last Held: Thursdays: January 20 - March 3, 2011
10:00AM – 3:00PM

Mosquito Habitat Recognition [MHR]
Last Held: One day per week: April 14 - May 27, 2011
10:00AM – 3:00PM

Mosquito Identification [MID]
Last Held: Monday through Friday: June 6-10, 2011
10:00AM – 3:00PM

Training in Mosquito Biology, Mosquito Habitat Recognition, and Mosquito Identification will be coordinated through the Office of Continuing Professional Education (OCPE), School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers University. The workshops are designed to meet the needs of government employees involved in mosquito research, surveillance and abatement. Incorporating a science based approach to mosquito control while addressing proper stewardship of public health and the environment is a primary focus. Lectures will cover biology, morphology, ecology, and behavior of the Culicidae, along with the most current surveillance and control techniques.

The course will be divided into three separate workshops to accommodate requests from agencies seeking information tailored to a particular discipline. Each workshop will complement information offered in the section preceding it, thereby completing the information necessary for workers employed in mosquito abatement operations. Entomologists, Biologists, Inspectors, Wetlands and Identification Specialists are encouraged to participate. Students can register for any workshop individually should they wish to gain experience in any one discipline. Students wishing to become certified by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station in Mosquito Identification, Biology and  Habitat Recognition will need to satisfactorily complete all three sections and pass a certification examination. (The workshops need not be completed in the same year to obtain certification though it is generally recommended.)

Workshop 1: Mosquito Biology and Control TBD
Workshop 2: Mosquito Habitat Recognition TBD
Workshop 3: Mosquito Identification TBD

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Information about meals will be provided when registration opens.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


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New Brunswick, NJ

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Senior Program Coordinator: Scott Crans, 732-993-3649

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.


Mosquito Biology & Control (MBC) Workshop:

The mosquito biology section of the course will be broadly oriented towards basic Culicidology and control methods. Lecture topics will include:

•  Mosquito classification
• Mosquito eggs and oviposition
• Larval life processes and metamorphosis
• Adult life processes
• Host preference and the gonotrophic cycle
• Seasonal cycles
• Arbovirus epidemiology
• Larval habitats and classification of life cycles
• Laws mandating mosquito control programs in New Jersey
• Surveillance and control methods utilized to minimize mosquito nuisance and disease transmission

Mosquito Habitat Recognition (MHR) Workshop:

The habitat recognition portion of the course will include field trips to various mosquito larval habitats and resting sites to reinforce the habitat recognition skills, surveillance techniques, and control decisions of the participants. These field trips will cover:

• Larval habitat recognition of major nuisance and vector species in NJ  
• Larval collection techniques
• Adult habitat recognition of major nuisance and vector species in NJ
• Adult collection methods
• Proper sample collection, labeling and transportation techniques
• Mapping of larval sites and estimating acreage
• Larviciding techniques
• Adulticiding techniques

Mosquito Identification (MID) Workshop:

Finally, the laboratory section of the course will stress larval and adult identification skills, as well as techniques critical for delineating nuisance and vector populations. The laboratory sessions will cover:

• Review and operation of lab equipment  
• Larval and adult rearing methods  
• Preservation techniques
• Identification of immature and adult mosquitoes