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New trap on tap for better beetle control

Posted: Thursday, Oct 24th, 2013

Photo/ Peggy Greb - The red flour beetle (about 1/8-inch long), shown here on a cereal flake, is a grain and cereal pest that ARS researchers are trying to understand genetically to develop improved biopesticides. The eyes on this beetle are white or clear and not the typical black color because of a defective pigment gene.

GAINSEVILLE, Fla. – Better control of red flour beetles and other costly stored-product insect pests could be on hand, thanks to a new pitfall trap designed by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) researchers.

According to chemist Peter Teal with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the commercial traps now used are typically dome-shaped devices baited with pheromones or other attractants that lure the beetles into pits or onto glue strips.

For the complete article see the 10-25-2013 issue.

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