Booklice (liposcelis spp.), grain mites (acarus siro), and flour beetles (tribolium spp.): 'Other pests' occasionally found in laboratory animal facilities

Elizabeth A. Clemmons, Douglas K. Taylor

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Abstract

Pests that infest stored food products are an important problem worldwide. In addition to causing loss and consumer rejection of products, these pests can elicit allergic reactions and perhaps spread disease-causing microorganisms. Booklice (Liposcelis spp.), grain mites (Acarus siro), and flour beetles (Tribolium spp.) are common stored-product pests that have previously been identifed in our laboratory animal facility. These pests traditionally are described as harmless to our animals, but their presence can be cause for concern in some cases. Here we discuss the biology of these species and their potential effects on human and animal health. Occupational health risks are covered, and common monitoring and control methods are summarized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-743
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science
Volume55
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Animal Science and Zoology

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