PEST CONTROL EQUIPMENT
Section I. GROUND DISPERSAL
a. Equipment. Many different models of pesticide dispersal equipment are
available to conduct pest control operations. Choice of the proper piece of equipment is
important. The relatively small number of items approved for use at military installations
represent the results of thorough research and development programs. The approved
items best meet the needs for insecticide application at military installations. Ground
dispersal of insecticides is carried out by means of hand-operated or power-operated
b. Personnel and Training.
(1) Department of Defense standards for insect control require that pesticide
dispersal and other insect control operations be accomplished by trained and certified
personnel. If correctly used, pesticides are quite safe. If mishandled, they may present
a considerable danger to the user, to human bystanders, or to nontarget organisms.
Within the past few years, hundreds of new pesticides have been developed and still
newer pesticides are being tested. These new chemicals permit new approaches to
pest control through their residual and other actions. To obtain maximum effectiveness
from these newer pesticides, it is necessary to know the biology of the pests
encountered so that pesticides can be applied at the right time and at the right place.
These newer pesticides present a wide range of hazard in their use.
(2) Specialized equipment has been and is being developed to disperse
these newer materials in a more effective and economical manner. New control
techniques are always being devised. Because of these complexities, only trained pest
controllers should be assigned to pest control programs. Pest control personnel must
be able to demonstrate their capabilities by qualifying for certification in accordance with
the Federal Environmental Pesticide Control Act of 1972. Because of the rapidity of
developments in chemicals, equipment, and techniques, pest controllers must be
periodically reexamined and recertified.
MANUAL EQUIPMENT FOR DISPENSING LIQUID AND DRY
pressured aerosol cans are used to control flying insects in enclosed tents, rooms, or
dugouts. The insecticide solution is dissolved in a liquefied gas. The mixture is