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Entomology

Uniform Sprays

We provide a number of services to reduce risk on deployments. We apply repellent to uniforms, assist drafting contingency pest control plans and review force health protection plans.

Technical Assist Visits

We assist and support pest control efforts aboard ships and on shore-based installations throughout the Western United States.

Other Entomology Services Provided

  • Disease Vector Risk Assessments
  • Integrated Pest Management Plan Reviews
  • Pest Identification
  • Community Putreach Training and Displays

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who performs uniform spray operations?
A: Preventive medicine technicians (PMT’s) are trained to conduct uniform sprays and may do so for their personnel. NEPMU FIVE Entomologists will provide support to units who do not have PMT’s assigned to them.

Q: Which uniforms can be treated?
A: We treat the NWU (Type I, II, and III) and civilian clothes that are at least 50% cotton. We cannot treat items that have been factory pretreated. This information will be located on the tag on the inside of the item.

Q: I think we may have a bed bug infestation. What signs should I look for?
A: Bed bugs hide in cracks and crevices in beds, mattress seams, and nearby furniture during the day. They will defecate in these harborages, leaving behind small black stains. Not all people have visible symptoms when bitten, so it is important to look for them in their daytime hiding spots.

Q: What can we do to prevent/control cockroach infestations?
A: Cockroaches need food, water, harborage, and warmth to thrive. Proper sanitation goes a long way in limiting their numbers. Crumbs, food scraps, and standing water should be promptly cleaned up.

Q: Which rodents can transmit hantavirus to humans?
A: Only deer mice of the genus Peromyscus can transmit hantavirus to humans.