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Flour Mite
Acarus siro
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Chelicerata
Class: Arachnida
Subclass: Acarina
Superorder: Acariformes
Order: Astigmata
Suborder: Acaridia
Superfamily: Acaroidea
Family: Acaridae (partim)

Acarus siro Linnaeus, 1758 is an important pest of stored grain and flour.

The flour mite, which is pale greyish white in color with pink legs, is the most common species of mite in foodstuffs. The males are from 0.33 mm to 0.43 mm long and the female is from 0.36 mm to 0.66 mm in length.

Flour mites contaminate grain and flour by allergens and they transfer pathogenic microorganisms. Foodstuffs acquire a sickly sweet smell and an unpalatable taste. When fed infested foodstuff, animals show reduced feed intake, diarrhoea, inflammation of the small intestine and impaired growth. Pigs have their live-weight gain, feed:gain ratio, and nitrogen retention markedly reduced by infested feeds.

External links

  • WikihowHow to Get Rid of and Prevent Flour Mites (domestic infestations)

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