Oregon Zoo Hosts Mosquito Invasion

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Visitors to Participate in Mosquito Education Program & Demonstrations

Mosquito control experts from across the country will be visiting the Oregon Zoo in Portland to offer visitors an unforgettable interactive science experience. More than a dozen mosquito professionals and scientists from the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) will conduct experiments and presentations as part of a mosquito education program at zoo’s Nature Exploration Station, “The Nest” on Wednesday, March 18, 2019 from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon.    

AMCA volunteers will share their knowledge and professional experiences with visitors by conducting hands-on science experiments and activities. Topics include mosquito biology, life cycle, mosquito surveillance and control with an emphasis on what students can do to protect themselves from mosquito bites and diseases such as West Nile virus. Touch tables, displays, and presentations will help visitors learn about these fascinating insects using scientific educational equipment, observing live specimens and interacting with AMCA volunteers one-on-one.

Visitors will take with them a new appreciation for the public health significance of mosquitoes.

WHAT: Live interview opportunities with experts, scientists, and academics on insects, mosquito control, mosquito-borne disease, and containment strategies from throughout the United States.

Potential story angles on how people can help control mosquitoes, Zika and West Nile Virus.

Photo opportunities with great visuals, hands-on examples, including live and preserved bug demonstrations. The hands-on area will have displays on Mosquito Life Cycles (with live samples of each stage) and other displays on mosquito breeding, and different methods of control.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 18, 2019 from 10:00 am until 12:00 noon.

WHERE: Interviews and visuals available at Oregon Zoo | 4001 SW Canyon Road | Portland, OR 97221

CONTACT:     
Wendy Samz
Tel: 239 841-5115
Email: Wendyms@LeeSchools.Net

About AMCA:
The American Mosquito Control Association is an international, non-profit association of over 1,700 scientists and mosquito control professionals dedicated to enhancing health and quality of life through the suppression of mosquitoes and other vectors of public health importance.

AMCA Encourages You to Remember the 3 D’s to Mosquito Prevention:

  • DUMP and DRAIN: Eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can breed
  • DUSK and DAWN: Stay indoors when mosquitoes are most active
  • DEFEND: Prevent mosquito bites by wearing approved insect repellents

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