Biological control agent of larger black flour beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae): A nuisance pest developing in cotton gin trash piles

Christian Nansen, B. Stokes, J. James, P.S. Porter, E.J. Shields, T. Wheeler, W.G. Meikle

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)


The larger black flour beetles, Cynaeus angustus (LeConte) (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), feeds on saprophytic fungi found in gin trash piles and occasionally becomes a nuisance pest in adjacent homes and businesses. The potential of Steinernema carpocapsae 'NY 001,' as a potential control agent of larger black flour beetle under experimental conditions was examined with particular reference to the importance of soil moisture content. Without prospects of insecticides being labeled for control of larger black flour beetle in gin trash, the data presented here support further research into applications of entomopathogenic nematodes underneath gin trash piles as a way to minimize risk of larger black flour beetle populations causing nuisance to nearby homes and businesses. © 2013 Entomological Society of America.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)648-652
JournalJournal of Economic Entomology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2013


Cite this