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Research Project: Attract and Kill to Monitor and Manage Khapra Beetle

Location: Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research

Project Number: 3020-43000-034-028-I
Project Type: Interagency Reimbursable Agreement

Start Date: Oct 1, 2020
End Date: Sep 30, 2025

Objective:
Develop biorational attract-and-kill traps for khapra beetle and dermestids.

Approach:
The work will entail a mixture of laboratory and semi-field trials to understand the most effective lures and traps for khapra beetle and related dermestids (Trogoderma variabile and Trogoderma inclusum). This may include wind tunnel assays, dual choice experiments, arrestment trials, the use of video tracking software, and trapping experiments in the lab and in pilot scale warehouses. This may also include understanding whether long-lasting insecticide netting may prove effective for stopping dispersal of dermestids, as well as an investigation of species-specific cues for attraction and repellency.