Tyrophagus putrescentiae (Astigmata: Acaridae) as biological control agentfor Lasioderma serricorne (Coleoptera: Anobiidae) larvae


Abstract: The predatory effectiveness of Tyrophagus putrescentiae against Lasiodermaserricorne larvae was studied in the present work. The predation of larvae of L. serricorne in thepresence or not of T. putrescentiae was evaluated in an entirely randomized design with fourreplications. This mite had high predation rate on L. serricorne larvae. The mortality of L.serricorne larvae varied among treatments, with values of 54, 68 and 78% from the fourth, fifthand sixth days by T. putrescentiae (P < 0.05).

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