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Research Project: Sustainable Management Strategies for Stored-Product Insects

Location: Stored Product Insect and Engineering Research

Title: Structural pest management for stored product insects

item Arthur, Franklin

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: 10/4/2017
Publication Date: 9/1/2018
Citation: Arthur, F.H. 2018. Structural pest management for stored product insects. In: Athanassiou, C., Arthur, F.H., editors. Recent Advances in Stored Product Entomology. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer Press. p. 65-81.

Interpretive Summary:

Technical Abstract: Stored product insects represent a diverse group of species that can infest raw grains but also can infest structures associated with the milling, processing, storage, and distribution of finished grains and grain-based products. Equipment and machinery can become infested, resident populations can persist in wall voids, floor cracks, and in hidden areas inside a structure. These infestations are often hidden and difficult to treat with insecticides. The mere presence of insects inside a structure can be a cause for concern. Although exact quantitative losses are difficult to determine, the loss through product rejections, consumer complaints, and potential legal actions resulting from infestations all contribute to economic losses that can be passed on to the consumer. In this chapter, we will review recent advances in the various components associated with structural pest management of stored product insects, including insecticides, temperature manipulation, environmental controls, and insect-resistant packaging.