The mission of National Program 104 (NP 104) is to improve the protection of humans and livestock from blood-sucking arthropods, and from stinging, or otherwise damaging insects. NP 104 research is divided into three components: (1) Medical entomology for the public and military; (2) Veterinary entomology; and (3) Fire ants and other invasive ant pests.
The goal of this research program is to conduct translational, fundamental and applied research under these components to mitigate the impact of arthropods such as ticks, mosquitoes, sand flies, stable flies, biting midges, and bed bugs. Non-biting flies such as house flies, filth flies, and New World screwworms are also the targets of this research effort as are invasive ants. The ultimate goal is to protect humans and livestock from these arthropod pests, through the development of safe and effective methods of management and control.
Thirty-nine permanent scientists in 11 projects conduct research in ARS laboratories located in 6 States; these laboratory/units and locations include:
- Agroecosystem Management Research Unit, Lincoln, Nebraska;
- Arthropod Borne Animal Diseases Research Unit, Manhattan, Kansas; Biological Control of Pests Research Unit, Stoneville, Mississippi;
- Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory, Beltsville, Maryland;
- Imported Fire Ant and Household Insect Research Unit, Gainesville, Florida;
- Mosquito and Fly Research Unit, Gainesville, Florida (2 projects);
- Natural Products Utilization Research Unit, Oxford, Mississippi;
- Livestock Arthropod Pest Research Unit, Kerrville, Texas (3 projects).
To read more about NP 104 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.3Mb): FY 18 Annual Report
FY 2017 NP 104 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.1Mb): FY 17 Annual Report
FY 2016 NP 104 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.1Mb): FY 16 Annual Report
FY 2015 NP 104 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.03Mb): FY 15 Annual Report
FY 2014 NP 104 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.1Mb): FY 14 Annual Report