Environmental Health — Wildlife and Insects


Wildlife and Insects Weekly Update Volume 2

Army Entomologists

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Army entomologists plan and direct comprehensive programs on control of pests and animals affecting human health and the environment. They routinely conduct surveys to determine prevalence, distribution, relative abundance and significant habits of medically important insects and other animals, identify insects and other zoological specimens and evaluate resistance of insects and other pests to pesticides.

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Environmental Health has an entomologist on staff to conduct arthropod surveillance and provide consultation to garrison pest management.

Fort Hood Mosquito Information

We have all experienced the bites of mosquitoes. Along with their annoying itching, some mosquitoes may also transmit disease. The Department of Preventive Medicine (DPM) and Department of Public Works Natural Resources work together in identifying and treating mosquito breeding sites. DPM also conducts mosquito surveillance for West Nile Virus on post.

Below are some steps to help reduce your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes and this Reduce the bite flyer.

Mosquito
  1. Eliminate all standing water in your area: Check old tires, flowerpots, toys, tarps and rain gutters. Change water in pet bowls and children's pools once a week. It only takes a very small amount of water to breed thousands of mosquitoes.
  2. Use an insect repellent that contains DEET or Picaridin. 30% - 35% DEET for adults and 10% for children over 2 months. Make sure you read and follow the manufacturers directions for use. Spray clothing as well as exposed skin. Do not spray DEET on pets.
  3. If not using a repellant, at a minimum wear shoes dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside.
  4. Try to stay indoors at dusk and dawn, the times when mosquitoes are most active.

DoD Insect Repellent System flyer

Provides information for preventing insect bites while in a field setting

Bee Safety flyer

Provides a quick checklist of actions to take and avoid when confronted by bees. It also provides points of contact for bee hive removal and consultation.

Poisonous Animals and Insects of Texas

Descriptions and images of common poisonous animals and insects located in Texas.

Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine (CHPPM) Resources

CHPPM Entomological Sciences Programs offers numerous fact sheet on critter of medical importance ranging from Bed Bugs to West Nile Virus.


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