Infestation Status of the Darkling Beetle (Alphitobius diaperinus) in Broiler Chicken Houses of Korea

육계농장에서 외미거저리(Alphitobius diaperinus) 발생양상 보고

  • Received : 2019.06.10
  • Accepted : 2019.08.17
  • Published : 2019.09.01


While the darkling beetle, Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) is considered a pest of stored products, it does not pose a significant economic threat to this industry. The grains these beetles feeding on are often already damaged. However, the beetle is now being treated as the foremost premise pest in the poultry industry in many countries of the world. Recently, the darkling beetle has also infested in broiler chicken houses of Korea. The problems caused by this pest destroy the insulate facilities of poultry houses, reduce chick's overall performance, transmit pathogenic organisms, and have been leading to substantial economic losses for poultry producers. Therefore, we conducted surveys on the status of infestation and damage of this pest in broiler chicken houses. Because there is no simple one step process that will completely eliminate darkling beetle populations from broiler facilities, we would like to outline further studies on the proper control measures.


Alphitobius diaperinus;Darkling beetle;Broiler chicken;Infestation;Damages


Grant : 육계 농장 딱정벌레 오염실태 및 방제 방안에 관한 연구

Supported by : 농림축산검역본부


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