2012 Annual Report
1)sprayers and methods used to make treatments for vector pest control in military settings; and.
2)the current methodology/protocols used to evaluate the efficacy of field-applied sprays. In FY 2012, a new USDA-ARS wind tunnel facility that is compliant with World Health Organization testing protocols was constructed. This new facility will be used to evaluate the spray characteristics of commonly used pesticides with and without a tracer added to the mixture. The facility will enable tracking of sprays that have been generated by spray equipment, and that drift through a mosquito-infested test area. Work by this project, as it continues, will develop improved technologies and protocols for military applications of pesticides in order to better protect U.S. WarFighters from pest and disease-transmitting arthropods.