Mealworms are considered to be a relatively minor problem in commercial and residential areas. However, they are a significant economic threat in the poultry sector, for several reasons.
Digging tunnels in the insulation of agricultural buildings, mealworms can reduce insulation levels by 30%. As a result, it can increase, by up to 67%, the energy costs necessary to maintaining the temperature in chicken coops.
Mealworms are recognized as a parasite that can be a carrier of up to 60 diseases that can contaminate either poultry or humans, such as avian flu, salmonella and E. coli. The period during which this parasite is contagious is sometimes long enough to infest the entire poultry yard! In addition, the infected chicks can also contaminate others, perpetuating a problem that becomes costly and difficult to counteract for producers. A single infected mealworm is sufficient to infect a bird.
REDUCTION IN PERFORMANCE AND INCREASE IN PRODUCTION DAYS
Mealworms are often found around food conveyor lines and feeders and the poultry sometimes eat them before their feed. The birds fill their stomachs with the insects, leaving no room for feed. Since mealworms take longer to digest than feed, the birds take longer to reach their optimal weight. As a result, the number of production days increases or the birds at the end of their growth period are smaller than they should be. In both cases, it causes evident losses for the producer.
People who are constantly exposed to high mealworm populations can develop allergies, asthma and conjunctivitis.
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