Ms. Sara May began working for the Commission in as a seasonal Lab/Field Assistant during the years 2001-2003, primarily working on mosquito identification but also assisted with site inspections. During that time she received certification in Mosquito Identification and Habitat Recognition from Rutgers University. She then joined the fulltime staff of the Commission on May 3, 2004 as the Mosquito Identification Specialist. Ms. May holds a Bachelor of Science in both Business Administration and Equine Science from Centenary College. She has also attended various continuing education classes held by Rutgers University. Ms. May is a Certified Pesticide Applicator in NJ. She is an avid horsewoman and wildlife enthusiast.
Ms. May is responsible for administering the routine surveillance program including NJ Light Trap collections and landing rates/portable light trap collections as well as identifying and quantifying the mosquitoes caught through this program. She also identifies both larval and adult mosquitoes collected by staff members during site inspections, responses to complaint calls, etc. Ms. May also assists with the trapping, sample identification and preparation of mosquitoes for West Nile Virus testing in addition to assisting with in house testing of these samples. She also assists with the ground larviciding and adulticiding programs.
Ms. May is a regular member of the New Jersey Mosquito Control Association, Inc. and participates on committees for this organization. She is a member of the Arabian Horse Association.