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3 years ago  ::  Aug 28, 2011 - 11:47AM #1
Roodog
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The Khapra beetle has been found in a shipment of rice at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.


The insect is one of the world's most feared invasive food pests.


We should look at the way that America is feeding her people and perhaps revamp the agricultural machine that once fed the world instead of importing food from countries that have trouble feeding themselves.


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3 years ago  ::  Aug 28, 2011 - 12:14PM #2
mountain_man
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Aug 28, 2011 -- 11:47AM, Roodog wrote:


The Khapra beetle has been found in a shipment of rice at Chicago's O'Hare Airport.


The insect is one of the world's most feared invasive food pests.


We should look at the way that America is feeding her people and perhaps revamp the agricultural machine that once fed the world instead of importing food from countries that have trouble feeding themselves.


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I was an insect trapper for 10 years. Fun job. The trap for the Khapra beetle is a 3x4 inch piece of corrugated cardboard with some kind of "dog food" in the corrugations. The traps are placed about 20 feet apart in places where food stuffs imported in burlap bags are stored. The traps are checked once a month, or so, by pulling them apart and identifying ALL the larval and adult insects therein. Great job that takes you to interesting places and people.


I think that in this case the larva and a few adults were found on a visual inspection. They then seal the area and fumigate the hell out of it.


Don't forget that often the person growing that food we import makes a living from it. If we stop importing that person would have even more trouble feeding themselves.

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3 years ago  ::  Aug 28, 2011 - 1:54PM #3
CharikIeia
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Aug 28, 2011 -- 12:14PM, mountain_man wrote:


I was an insect trapper for 10 years.


Great job that takes you to interesting places and people.



Reminds me of my hero from the signature line...


“You make a nice cup of tea Mrs Murphy . . . Sure I’ll be taking care  of your roaches . . . Oh don’t be telling me where they are . . . You  see I know Mrs Murphy . . . experienced along these lines . . . And I don’t mind telling you Mrs Murphy I like my work and take pride in it.”


“Well the city exterminating people were around and left some white powder draws roaches the way whiskey will draw a priest.”


“Well the city exterminating people are a cheap outfit Mrs Murphy.   What they left was fluoride.  The roaches build up a tolerance and  become addicted. They can be dangerous if the fluoride is suddenly  withdrawn . . . Ah just here it is . . .”


I have spotted a brown crack by the kitchen sink put my bellows in  and blow a load of the precious yellow powder.  As if they had heard the  last trumpet the roaches stream out and flop in convulsions on the  floor.

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3 years ago  ::  Sep 04, 2011 - 7:12PM #4
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