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Crop Protection :: Storage insects and their management
Cigarette beetle: Lasioderma sericorne
Host range: Wheat flour, cereal bran, peanuts, cocoa beans, cottonseed, spices and even
insecticides containing pyrethrum, meat and fishmeal, ginger, turmeric and chillies.
Symptoms of damage
  • Grub causes the damage which made circular, pinhead sized bore holes on processed tobacco.
Grub Adult Infected Cigarette

Identification of the pest

  • Grub: White, fleshy and hairy grub.
  • Adult: Small, robust, oval, light brown round beetle with its thorax and head bent downward gives the insect a humped appearance. Elytra have minute hairs on them and are not striated.

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