Coalition And Iraqi Troops Work To Control Insect Populations
The spread of disease and conditions like malaria and West Nile Virus are situations that the Armed Forces and Military stand solidly against. Part of the efforts to keep these diseases at bay involves working to keep populations of insects such as mosquitoes under control. In Iraq, insects and sand flies are carriers of a number of different diseases, which strike not only the general population of people in Iraq but also coalition and Iraqi forces that are working in the region. For this reason joint forces of Iraqi and Coalition solders monitor and work on Insect population control and containment, to help prevent the spread and outbreak of many of these type of insect borne disease.
Soldiers at Victory Base Complex are working hard to track and control the populations of these types of Iraqi insects. This is part of the ongoing struggle of man against nature, and the control and eradication of these pests in a given area is the only method of helping slow disease spread by these insects. “We work to place traps in different areas of insect high breeding and large insect populations,” said Lieutenant Foster.
Lieutenant Foster is an Army entomologist for 345th Army Medical Detachment.
“If we can identify the main insect population areas, we can engage vector control to put out fogging or spraying to reduce the number of insects in the region,” said Lieutenant Foster.