Temperature affects lesser mealworm populations in turkey brooder houses
AuthorsJohn C. Voris
Jeffery A. Meyer
Authors AffiliationsJohn C. Voris is Area Turkey Specialist, UC Davis (located at Kearney Agricultural Center); Jeffery A. Meyer was Entomologist, UC Riverside; Ralph Pfost was Poulty Farm Advisor, UC Davis (located at Kearney Agricultural Center); Romney Woodbury was Staff Research Associate, UC Davis (located at Kearney Agricultural Center).
Hilgardia 48(2):18-21. DOI:10.3733/ca.v048n02p18. March 1994.
The lesser mealworm beetle is a serious pest in turkey brooder houses. It tunnels into the building walls and insulation, and serves as a vector of poultry diseases and an intermediate host of parasites. This research showed that population growth is encouraged by certain temperatures and by certain industry practices, but more research is needed to evaluate the population dynamics of the lesser mealworm, particularly its response to varying temperatures.
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