Testing and Evaluation


The Testing and Evaluation Department is designed to enhance the scope and efficacy of Navy entomology vector control efforts and to promote public health in operational settings. It is our duty to meticulously supervise the development, evaluation, and field testing of new application tools, technologies, and methods. Departmental responsibilities include, but are not limited to, vector control equipment evaluation and the testing of new chemical products for the control of disease carrying arthropods and pests that affect today's deployed warfighter. Serving as an agency representative for the Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB), the Testing and Evaluation Department provides the AFPMB with recommendations for National Stock Number assignments.

Since 2004, we have worked with over 20 collaborators to produce 50 peer-reviewed publications , 12 patents (with six additional patents pending), screened over 2,200 novel chemicals for potential public health application, created smartphone applications for information transfer and evaluated 15 new pieces of pesticide dispersal equipment that are currently available for deployment.

Deployed War-fighter Protection Program (DWFP)

We are a key collaborator in the Deployed War-Fighter Protection Program (DWFP). DWFP is administered by the Armed Forces Pest Management Board and focuses on finding better methods and tools to protect our service members from insects that transmit disease. Our participation in DWFP with world-recognized experts in industry, academia, and federal agencies representing a variety of scientific and technical disciplines has resulted in many products that are already in use. For more information about the DWFP program, please access the following link: http://www.afpmb.org/node/62.

Current Projects

  • Evaluation of novel pesticides and formulations for efficacy against medically important mosquitoes
  • Determine protective status of factory permethrin-treated military uniforms against medically important mosquitoes
  • Evaluation of RNAi to control disease vector mosquitoes
  • Pesticide application equipment annual evaluation 2015
  • Evaluation of micro-encapsulated deltamethrin as a residual treatment to control mosquitoes
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention project evaluating residual insecticides (IRS) against mosquitoes on various surfaces (wood, metal, cement panels)
  • Optimization guidelines for ULV pesticide application equipment against medically important mosquitoes
  • Development of portable hand held ULV small droplet cold fogging sprayer with 5 micron effective capacity
  • Assessment of compounds from USDA/ARS chemical archives for insecticidal activity
  • Screening, surveillance, and management of mosquito insecticide resistance

Vector Sprays

This app is a searchable database of all the published work on droplet characterization from collaborative work between the US Navy Entomology Center of Excellence (NECE), Jacksonville and Aerial Application Technology, Areawide Pest Management Research Unit, Southern Plains Agricultural Research Center, ARS, College Station, TX. This app allows users to select their specific sprayer, operating conditions, and spray solution then displays the spray droplet size. Once downloaded, users do not need to have Internet connection to use it. This is the first ever ARS app. There is a companion Android app that should be available soon. It can be downloaded. This app is up and publicly available on the iTunes store for free download here.

Data on Insecticide Spray Application Equipment

Contact us for more information at james.e.cilek.civ@mail.mil