these items, used as recommended, will provide satisfactory control of pests of military
The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) maintains a list of standard
pesticides with national stock numbers.
This list changes frequently due to pesticide label cancellations, as well
as the development of new pesticides.
When a special problem is encountered which cannot be solved by the use of
these items, qualified engineer or medical personnel may request the
purchase of nonstandard items through appropriate channels.
6-12. CONCERN FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
For many years, insecticides were used more or less indiscriminately, with little thought
to their impact on the environment. In recent years, however, an awakening of the
public interest by environmentalist groups and government agencies has resulted in
strict controls on the use of certain pesticides. In the following discussion of
insecticides, emphasis will be given to those classes of chemicals known to have an
adverse effect on the environment.
Section V. INSECTICIDES
6-13. DEFINITION OF INSECTICIDE
An insecticide is a material, usually a chemical, used to destroy unwanted insects.
Insecticides may be classified several ways, but the most convenient method of
classification is according to chemical properties.
6-14. INORGANIC INSECTICIDES
The inorganic insecticides are primarily compounds of heavy metals and arsenicals,
such as Paris green (copper acetoarsenite), lead arsenate, and sodium arsenite.
Although they still find uses in agriculture, these chemicals are not in the military
inventory. Aluminum phosphide is the only inorganic insecticide on the stock list.
6-15. NATURAL ORGANIC INSECTICIDES
The natural organic insecticides are those that are derived from plants or other products
occurring in nature.