Litter Beetles are important vectors of a number of poultry pathogens and parasites

Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer), commonly known as the litter beetle/ lesser mealworm is an important vector of poultry pathogens and parasites and can cause significant damage to poultry houses. A. diaperinus can usually be found infesting poultry houses in the droppings and litter.   A. diaperinus is a vector of a number of poultry pathogens and parasites: Marek’s disease, Gumboro disease, Turkey coronavirus, Newcastle disease, Avian influenza, Salmonella typhimurium, Escherichia coli, Aspergillus spp., Staphylococcus ssp., Eimeria spp. that cause coccidiosis

Boric Acid-Baited is a long working insecticide for the inactivation and killing of litter beetles in and around chicken and fowl houses.  Boric Acid-Baited has been specially formulated with a bait to enable maximum intake and contact with the target species. 

Boric acid (CAS 10043-35-3) is an inorganic insecticide having both a digestive and neurotoxic effect. 

“The beetles will also be eating your feed, causing irritation to the birds, damaging your house and transferring disease.  They may be hidden, but you need to manage them carefully”

Self grooming insects such as litter beetles are highly sensitive to boric acid due to the automatic intake during grooming and consumption of bait.  Litter beetle activity will start to reduce after 48 hours from application and beetles will start dying after 4 days from application.

Boric acid has an extended activity and will be effective during the full cycle for broilers after one application.  The extended activity and low toxicity makes Boric Acid-Baited preferable as a control method versus highly toxic pyrethroid or organophosphate products.

Boric Acid-Baited is most effective when applied at a rate of 4 – 5 kg per 10 metres length below feeder lines and in dark corners where the highest concentration of litter beetles are found. 

Contact a Super Agri Science representative for more information on how Boric Acid Baited can help control the spread of pathogens on your farm.