Hilgardia
Hilgardia
Hilgardia
University of California
Hilgardia

Temperature affects lesser mealworm populations in turkey brooder houses

Authors

John C. Voris
Jeffery A. Meyer
Ralph Pfost
Rornney Woodbury

Authors Affiliations

John 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).

Publication Information

Hilgardia 48(2):18-21. DOI:10.3733/ca.v048n02p18. March 1994.

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Abstract

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.

Voris J, Meyer J, Pfost R, Woodbury R. 1994. Temperature affects lesser mealworm populations in turkey brooder houses. Hilgardia 48(2):18-21. DOI:10.3733/ca.v048n02p18
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