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1 Where the Rubber Meets the Road Creative Pest Control “On the Fly”

2 Session Goals Stimulate sharing of information among military entomologists of creative solutions used for pest control problems. Let this session be just the beginning...Stimulate sharing of information among military entomologists of creative solutions used for pest control problems. Let this session be just the beginning... Promote establishment of centralized database where these and future creative solutions can be incorporated for easy access to military entomology community.Promote establishment of centralized database where these and future creative solutions can be incorporated for easy access to military entomology community.

3 LT Elizabeth Dykstra NDVECC Bangor

4 Non-Scientific Poll of Army & Navy Entomologists Regarding Use of MREs for Pest Control 12 Responded to MRE Survey12 Responded to MRE Survey (~13% Total Army & Navy Entomologists) –Army: n=8 (8/60 = ~13% response) –Navy: n=4 (4/31 = 13% response)

5 Potential Pest Control Items in MREs Peanut ButterPeanut Butter Cheese SpreadCheese Spread Pound CakesPound Cakes Main EntreesMain Entrees Drink MixesDrink Mixes CrackersCrackers Jelly/JamJelly/Jam Chocolate Cookie BarChocolate Cookie Bar Oatmeal CookiesOatmeal Cookies Tootsie RollsTootsie Rolls Granola BarsGranola Bars Egg-Based EntreesEgg-Based Entrees Plastic SpoonsPlastic Spoons Cardboard MRE CaseCardboard MRE Case Plastic MRE PouchPlastic MRE Pouch

6 Peanut Butter Rodent BaitRodent Bait Works great as attractant when placed in middle of glue boardWorks great as attractant when placed in middle of glue board More effective than cheese spread as baitMore effective than cheese spread as bait P.B.

7 Peanut Butter Rodent BaitRodent Bait - Cons Too messy; too runny and softToo messy; too runny and soft Can be eaten from the trap without setting it offCan be eaten from the trap without setting it off Counteract by applying or wrapping in gauze strip Takes too many packets and is popular with troopsTakes too many packets and is popular with troops –(Complaints about people like LTC O’Guinn who keep eating bait with crackers => uses up bait in non-mission essential ways) –Increases risk of fragging incidents

8 Cheese Spread Rodent BaitRodent Bait Not as attractive to rodents as Peanut ButterNot as attractive to rodents as Peanut Butter Dries out on trap and screws up trap mechanismsDries out on trap and screws up trap mechanisms Popular item with troops and not as easily obtainedPopular item with troops and not as easily obtained

9 Tootsie Rolls Use in Mouse TrapsUse in Mouse Traps –The key is to put it UNDER the lever and not on top so the mice get the full force of the trap without stealing the bait. –Mice can’t steal this as easily as they can the P.B.

10 Other Successful Rodent Baits Granola type BarsGranola type Bars Poppyseed Pound cakePoppyseed Pound cake Chocolate Cookie BarChocolate Cookie Bar Oatmeal CookiesOatmeal Cookies

11 Other Successful Rodent Baits CrackersCrackers Jellies & JamsJellies & Jams

12 Other Successful Rodent Baits For desert rodentsFor desert rodents – Fresh fruit works well; Try the MRE fruit too.

13 Drink Mixes Filth fly attractantsFilth fly attractantsPros –Not real attractive to flies Cons –Can blow away unless sprinkled onto sticky tape e.g. duct tape

14 Drink Mixes Use as sugar solution in water bottle fly baitUse as sugar solution in water bottle fly bait Note: Not as effective as something stinkier something stinkier

15 Main Entrees Use for raccoon (and skunk?) bait.Use for raccoon (and skunk?) bait. Allow to “ferment” in sun and use for filth fly attractant.Allow to “ferment” in sun and use for filth fly attractant.

16 Egg-Based meals Filth Fly AttractantFilth Fly Attractant Mix with water and allow to sit for a few days in the sun for attracting filth flies

17 Plastic Spoons Use to measure small amounts of fly bait or dry pesticides.Use to measure small amounts of fly bait or dry pesticides. Be sure to label “For Pesticide Use ONLY”Be sure to label “For Pesticide Use ONLY”

18 Plastic MRE Pouch Temporary holding bag for rodents or other creaturesTemporary holding bag for rodents or other creatures Short term dry ice holder – wrap with duct tape and paper (e.g. paper towels) to increase insulation.Short term dry ice holder – wrap with duct tape and paper (e.g. paper towels) to increase insulation. Container for small equipment or trashContainer for small equipment or trash

19 Cardboard MRE Case Use cardboard to make an expanded trigger on rodent trapsUse cardboard to make an expanded trigger on rodent traps Darken inside of box or cover with dark cloth and use as Mosquito Resting Box.Darken inside of box or cover with dark cloth and use as Mosquito Resting Box. Dry Ice holderDry Ice holder –Wrap well with Duct Tape, punch small holes in sides and hang near trap.

20 Cardboard MRE Case Trap for small rodents or birdsTrap for small rodents or birds (Gives a bored Marine something to do)

21 Cardboard MRE Case Use as holding pen for captured creaturesUse as holding pen for captured creatures

22 Negative (and Other) Reports Not Attractive to Rodents Beef SticksBeef Sticks PeanutsPeanuts Fruit / Nut mixFruit / Nut mix Crushed crackers mixed with grape jellyCrushed crackers mixed with grape jellyOther Belief that MREs can be used as effective, fast- acting non-lethal stomach poisons for just about anything, except soldiers and Marines.Belief that MREs can be used as effective, fast- acting non-lethal stomach poisons for just about anything, except soldiers and Marines.

23 Beyond MREs...

24 Mosquito Resting / Attractant Areas Paint or cover with a dark cloth a box of some sort (ammo box, MRE case, whatever).Paint or cover with a dark cloth a box of some sort (ammo box, MRE case, whatever). Mosquito netting with animal underneath as baitMosquito netting with animal underneath as bait

25 Eye Gnat Control Noticed that gnats were attracted to roadkill crabs.Noticed that gnats were attracted to roadkill crabs. Put rotting fish parts in cups, then covered with netting and put fly bait on netting.Put rotting fish parts in cups, then covered with netting and put fly bait on netting. Gnats attracted to rotting fish, fed on fly bait, and successfully killed.Gnats attracted to rotting fish, fed on fly bait, and successfully killed.

26 “In-a-Pinch” Dry Ice Trap Use a section of mosquito netting or cloth stockinette (from Medical).Use a section of mosquito netting or cloth stockinette (from Medical). Form tube with embroidery hoops (or something similar) on both ends to keep length of tube spread open.Form tube with embroidery hoops (or something similar) on both ends to keep length of tube spread open. Hang well sweated sock or sock with dry ice from top end so that bait hangs inside tube.Hang well sweated sock or sock with dry ice from top end so that bait hangs inside tube. Tie off top so that top end is closed off; leave bottom end open.Tie off top so that top end is closed off; leave bottom end open. Hang out over night or for specified time.Hang out over night or for specified time. Collect mosquitoes at end of surveillance time.Collect mosquitoes at end of surveillance time.

27 Cautions on Sticky Tape for Fly Control Beware of using commercial sticky tapes in hot temperatures – coating will melt and drip off tape, thereby losing stickiness.Beware of using commercial sticky tapes in hot temperatures – coating will melt and drip off tape, thereby losing stickiness. Does not go over well in mess tents if coating drips onto tables. Sand and dust storms will coat tape and reduce or eliminate stickiness and hence effectiveness.Sand and dust storms will coat tape and reduce or eliminate stickiness and hence effectiveness.

28 Acknowledgements and Thank Yous to the Following Contributors: COL Terry KleinCOL Terry Klein CDR Mike BangsCDR Mike Bangs LTC Eric MilstreyLTC Eric Milstrey LCDR George SchoelerLCDR George Schoeler LCDR Dan SzumlasLCDR Dan Szumlas LCDR David LavenderLCDR David Lavender MAJ Jennifer CaciMAJ Jennifer Caci LT Fred StellLT Fred Stell CPT Michael HiettCPT Michael Hiett CPT Jittawadee MurphyCPT Jittawadee Murphy 1LT Lewis Long1LT Lewis Long HMC(SW) Gary YestingsmeierHMC(SW) Gary Yestingsmeier HM1 (ret) Mike ElamHM1 (ret) Mike Elam Mike MedinaMike Medina Jim DennettJim Dennett Dave HedgesDave Hedges

29 Comments? Contributions? LT Elizabeth Dykstra – elizabeth.dykstra@ndvecc.navy.mil


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