Given the localities around the world where it has established, it is likely that Khapra would also geta foothold in Western Australia if quarantine violations occur.
Khapra beetle is considered to be one of the most serious pests of grain in the world. It may causelosses to stored grain of 5 to 30 percent and losses have been known to reach as high as 70 percent.Current phosphine treatments used to control grain pests may not be effective against some of theresistant Khapra beetle strains. International grain markets are becoming more discerning and it isessential that we adapt to these changing markets, especially given that 90% of our annual harvest isexported. Customers continue to demand grain that is completely free of grain insects.
Lucerne, almond, barley, bean, corn/maize, chickpea, cowpea, dried fruit peanuts, oats, pecans, rice,walnuts, wheat as well as miscellaneous foodstuffs such as powdered milk, dried blood along withtheir packaging.
Symptoms, detection and eradication
The larvae and their cast skins are the most conspicuous feature of a Khapra beetle infestation. Aswith the Warehouse beetle, Khapra beetles are brown-black oval shaped and 2-3 mm in length.Khapra and Warehouse beetles are very similar, and can only be distinguished from one another by aspecialist.
Factsheet 22/2000 : Khapra beetle Trogoderma granarium An exotic threat to Western Australia