Loving the Land | Where have all the dung beetles gone?

7 November 2020
The Border Mail

Have you noticed an increase in fly numbers around your home and in the paddock?

One of the reasons is the lack of active dung beetles at this time of year. For livestock producers this is an issue that needs to be addressed, and with the help of the Dung Beetle Ecosystem Engineers, based at CSU Wagga, the spring gap of dung beetles will soon be a thing of the past.

When dung beetles are active, they are rapidly burying dung pads, which reduces fly breeding sites and therefore fly numbers. These nifty beetles have so many benefits for livestock managers.Dung burial also reduces the infective stages of gastrointestinal parasites of livestock, they clean up pastures and replace nutrients in the soil.


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