Provide a full range of entomological services to U.S. Forces in the Pacific Theater.
Sustain and enhance force health protection by assisting units with pest surveillance and control and vector-borne illness mitigation by providing:
•Non-FIFRA pesticide applicator training
•Pest management program review
Desktop and field consultation: Consultation may include pest/vector assessment, specimen collection and identification, inspection and calibration of pest control equipment, setting up surveillance programs for insects and ticks capable of transmitting disease, and prevention/control recommendations.
Pest surveillance and control: Provided mostly in a supervisory/consultative role, but the Medical Entomology section does have limited capability to implement directly pest surveillance & control measures.
Pest species identification: Identify submitted insects, arachnids, vertebrate pests, nuisance plants, and other pest species. In addition, as part of a surveillance program, Medical Entomology can submit identified mosquitoes, ticks, and other arthropod vectors for testing by the PHCR-Pacific Pathogen Detection Laboratory to test for viruses, bacteria, and other parasites as appropriate to the vector.
Community education/risk communication/technical assistance visit: Provide briefings, classes, and other educational material on operational and institutional risk management of vector-borne and zoonotic disease. Also provide preventive medicine training to deploying units on entomological aspects of the anticipated medical threat and pest management training for preventive medicine personnel, health care professionals, pest control personnel, and field sanitation teams to maintain proficiency.
Pesticide applicator training: Provide two-week, initial training and one-week, recertification training courses, which meet the basic requirement for initial certification training (non-FIFRA) under DoD 4l50.7-P. Course completion with the minimum passing scores satisfies the formal training and testing requirements for certification in the core phase and pest management categories 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8.
Installation pest management program review: Review of the installation pest management program and procedures to determine adherence to regulatory requirements, as well as the use of sound pest management practices. Review includes consultation and documented recommendations.