INSTALLATION PEST MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS
Section I. INTRODUCTION
There are many species of insects, rodents, and related pests that seriously
affect military operations by spreading disease, reducing efficiency of personnel, or
destroying property. Such diseases as malaria, typhus, lyme disease, dengue, sandfly
fever, encephalitis, plague, filariasis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, tularemia,
dysentery, cholera, and typhoid fever can result in death, or at the very least, a
reduction in effective man-hours. Insects and rodents annually destroy enormous
quantities of stored food and other supplies. Termites, rodents, woodborers, and fungi
damage buildings and other structures. An effective insect and rodent control program
is imperative since forested areas, shade trees, shrubs, airfields, and grassed areas are
also subjected to damage and loss caused by pests.
a. General. The supervision and execution of pest management operations are
performed under the direction of the installation commander. Pest management
operations are conducted as a part of the scheduled installation maintenance programs
and include all measures for the safe and efficient control of insects, rodents, and other
pests. Pest management operations are a cooperative program involving the major
army command, the installation commander, the facility engineer, and the medical
authority. For the program to be successful, this cooperation is vital. Pest Management
operations are covered in detail in AR 420-76, Pest Management.
b. MACOM Commanders and PMCs. The MACOM (Major Army Command)
commanders will provide command and technical direction for implementing the pest
management program at installations under their command. They will designate
sufficient pest management consultants (PMCs) to ensure that all areas of pest
management have professional direction. They will coordinate annual installation on-
site pest management plan/program review schedules with other MACOMs, the U.S.
Army Environmental Hygiene Agency (USAEHA), and other services with installations in
the same geographical area to optimize the use of available personnel and minimize
travel costs. The PMCs will:
(1) Advise on all aspects of past management operations.
(2) Coordinate with other agencies to implement environmentally safe and
efficient pest management programs.