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The Armed Forces Pest Management Board's vision is that the DoD will be the Federal leader for innovative prevention and management of disease vectors and pests.


The Armed Forces Pest Management Board (AFPMB) recommends policy, provides guidance, and coordinates the exchange of information on all matters related to pest management throughout the Department of Defense (DoD). The AFPMB's mission is to ensure that environmentally sound and effective programs are present to prevent pests and disease vectors from adversely affecting DoD operations.

In support of this mission, the Armed Forces Pest Management Board:

  • Develops and recommends policy to the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics.
  • Coordinates pest management activities in the DoD.
  • Develops issues, and maintains manuals and other guidance necessary to implement the technical requirements of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA).
  • Implements the DoD plan for Certification of Pesticide Applicators and develops comprehensive training guidance for DoD pest management personnel.
  • Coordinates DoD contingency disease vector and pest management with the Joint Staff, the Combatant Commands and other contingency planning organizations.
  • Serves as an advisory body to the DoD Components and provides timely scientific and professional pest management advice.
  • Develops and distributes technical information and guidance on pest management to the Components by means of Technical Information Memoranda and Bulletins, Disease Vector Ecology Profiles and similar publications.
  • Reviews and approves any introduction, stockage, and deletion of pest management materiel (excluding disinfectants and biocides) by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) in the DoD supply system.
  • Coordinates and develops requirements for pest management research, development, testing and evaluations in the DoD.
  • Operates the Information Services Division (ISD).


The Armed Forces Pest Management Board, established by DoD Directive 4715.1, operates under DoD Instruction 4150.7 and a multiservice regulation. Originally chartered in 1956 as the Armed Forces Pest Control Board, it was renamed the Armed Forces Pest Management Board in 1979. The Board meets twice a year in the Washington D.C. area to discuss pest management topics of interest to the Department of Defense.  The Armed Forces Pest Management Board is a Directorate in the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment (DUSD(I&E)).


The strategy of the Armed Forces Pest Management Board is to support military readiness and preventive defense and to demonstrate environmental leadership and avert future pollution problems by maximizing the use of non-chemical or least toxic chemical techniques to control pests and disease vectors. To support this strategy, the Board will:

  • Promote integrated pest management, biopesticides and least toxic pesticides for installations and deployments.
  • Advocate personal protection measures against vector-borne diseases.



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AFPMB Mailing Address

Armed Forces Pest Management Board
U.S. Army Garrison - Forest Glen
2460 Linden Lane, Building 172, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Silver Spring, MD 20910