control equipment is limited. Some things available are the two-gallon sprayer with
1 percent Baygon insecticide, aerosol bomb, Lindane dust, rodent traps, and fly
swatters. Remember that this is to assist the commander to maintain control of
arthropod problems; if the commander cannot, then he should call for help to the next
level, which is the preventive medicine unit, for his area.
7-18. FIELD ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
The LA Team is a preventive medicine team designated to survey and control
arthropods and train troops in the field environment. There are five officers and 35
enlisted men assigned to this unit. They are preventive medicine personnel that aid the
commanders. When the commander feels the arthropod problem is beyond his control,
he calls this unit to help. The LA Team will survey the problem and perform any control
measures necessary. Another important job of the LA Team is to train troops in
preventive medicine. Some of the equipment available to the LA Team is hydraulic
sprayer, power delouser, and FST equipment, and various types of pesticides.
7-19. INSTALLATION LEVEL
At the post or installation level (not field), there is a Preventive Medicine activity
assigned to the Hospital. Their job is preventive medicine on permanent facilities and
personnel assigned to that facility. The primary concern of this activity for entomological
problems would be to survey for arthropods and then make recommendations to the
appropriate activity to control them. Most of the surveys are conducted during routine
sanitation inspections of various facilities, for example, dining halls, barracks, post
exchange (PX), commissary, and hospitals. The control measures are recommended to
the Directorate of Facilities (CE) Engineers on permanent installations.
7-20. CONTROL RESOURCES
When the commander has an arthropod problem, his resources should be first
the FST, then the LA Team; if in the field or the MEDDAC the preventive medicine
activity. Once the PM activity has surveyed and recommended control measures, the
commander should then call the facilities engineers to perform the control measures.
The engineers are responsible for control of arthropods at fixed installations in dining
responsible for land management, forestry, and wildlife management. Engineers are
DA Civilians and, sometimes, private companies hired to perform special jobs. The
engineers operate under the guidelines of preventive medicine and the Office of The
Surgeon General. The equipment used is whatever is necessary to control pest
problems (ULD and ULV sprayers, hydraulic sprayers, buffalo turbine sprayers, and so
forth) with the pesticides used with these pieces of equipment.