Note sulla presenza di formiche (Hymenoptera Formicidae) in industrie alimentari

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Notes on the presence of ants (Hymenoptera Formicidae) in the food industries

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Abstract

Notes on the presence of ants (Hymenoptera Formicidae) in food industries. - The presence of, and infestation by, ants [Hymenoptera Formicidae] in food industries and more generally in the buildings of the urban environment, can be counted as examples of hard-to-solve entomological issues, because control strategies have only temporary effects. The genera and species in question may differ depending on variables such as the geographic and environmental location of the factories, and the different types of foodstuffs and their processing. When planning prevention and control strategies, the peculiarity of these social insects must be borne in mind: they are characterized by remarkable biological plasticity, a heterogeneity of habitat choice and sometimes by a greater or lesser degree of synanthropy. The most commonly recurring genera of Formicidae referred to in the literature as pests in the food industry in Italy, due to their frequency or severity of infestation, are: Linepithema, Monomorium, Solenopsis, Tetramorium, Pheidole, Lasius. The ants found in food factories most frequently belong to the caste of “workers”, but sometimes many winged individuals are caught by light traps; this could be due to insufficient isolation from the outside, or sometimes to swarming taking place inside (not necessarily outside) the industry buildings, given the many possible nest locations (walls, crawlspaces, floors, wooden structures, electrical boxes, etc.). The observations made by us over the last fifteen years, besides confirming already consolidated knowledge, indicate that sometimes ants which are not typical for the food industry can be found in such an environment. Among these we note, quite unusually, the gen. Hypoponera, found in a factory in central Italy. Finally, the risk of passive introduction into Italy of foreign species due to intense traffic and international trade, should be considered.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Notes on the presence of ants (Hymenoptera Formicidae) in the food industries
Original languageItalian
Title of host publicationLa Difesa antiparassitaria nelle Industrie alimentari e la Protezione degli Alimenti. Atti del 9° Simposio
Pages224-230
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventLa Difesa antiparassitaria nelle Industrie alimentari e la Protezione degli Alimenti - Piacenza
Duration: 19 Sep 201221 Sep 2012

Conference

ConferenceLa Difesa antiparassitaria nelle Industrie alimentari e la Protezione degli Alimenti
CityPiacenza
Period19/9/1221/9/12

Keywords

  • ants
  • food industries
  • infestations
  • observed genera and species

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