The litter beetle is a common pest in the poultry industry that can cause significant damage to flocks and facilities. These small, dark-coloured insects feed on manure and other organic matter found in poultry litter, and can quickly infest a poultry house if left unchecked. Fortunately, there are several effective tools available for controlling litter beetles and reducing their impact on the industry.
One of the most effective tools for controlling litter beetles is insecticide treatment. Products like Mostyn Duo, Cytrol Forte, and Vulcan C Super are all effective at killing litter beetles and preventing infestations. These insecticides can be applied directly to poultry houses either via band treatments or through an orchard sprayer at turnaround, killing beetles on contact and preventing them from reproducing. They can also be used as a preventative measure, applied before beetles have a chance to infest a facility. This white paper goes over the best practice for removing litter beetles from your buildings.
Another effective way to control litter beetles is through sanitation practices. By keeping facilities clean and free of debris, farmers can reduce the amount of organic matter available for beetles to feed on, making it more difficult for them to survive and reproduce. Regularly removing and replacing litter is also important, as it can help to reduce the buildup of organic matter and prevent the growth of beetle populations.