Bug Scout 1978
Clean Grain Bins
(Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University)
Having Bug Scout inspect grain bins sure keeps the rats exercised!
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September 16, 1978

Clean and inspect grain bins before harvest.  Don't forget combines, trucks, wagons, and other grain handling equipment.  Stored grain insect infestations seldom originate in the field.  Most insect infestations begin in old grain in and around the grain bins.

When cleaning reveals insect infestations, use a residual spray in grain bins and grain handling equipment.  If an infestation is detected in old grain, fumigate with a recommended insecticide before adding new grain.

Don't forget to inspect grain monthly during storage.  Remember when dealing with Indianmeal moths, grain weevils, and other stored grain pests:  "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of insecticide."

by Tom Turpin, Entomologist, Purdue University

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