Insecticide resistance

Pathogen detection


To achieve effective pest control, it is crucial to identify the most suitable treatment for each specific pest. Unfortunately, the extensive use of pesticides in the past has resulted in the emergence of pest populations that are resistant to various treatments. Consequently, certain pesticides may prove ineffective and potentially detrimental to crops if the targeted pests exhibit resistance to the applied treatments. 


Cucare provides services for detecting resistance levels in pest populations towards various treatments. Through this analysis, the following benefits can be achieved:


•    Enhanced treatment effectiveness

•    Cost savings

•    Prevention of resistant populations

Insecticide resistance

Our services include:

  • Customized examination of pest infestations
  • Assessment of resistance levels
  • Molecular prediction of resistance

The large-scale breeding of insects, whether for sterile releases, biological control purposes, or as a food source, necessitates the establishment of healthy and competitive insect colonies. 


Insect production factories represent a growing industry where the infection of populations by entomopathogens poses a significant threat to colony survival and the investments made. 


Cucare provides early detection services for various pathogens in mass-reared insect colonies. Through this analysis, the following benefits can be achieved:

  • Prevention of colony infections by entomopathogens.
  • Savings in costs associated with colony reestablishment and production.

Pathogen detection

Our services include:

  • Molecular identification of pathogens
  • Ongoing monitorization
  • Implementation of prevention plans


  • Yellow mealworm (Tenebrio molitor
  • Black soldier fly (Hermetia illuscens)
  • European house cricket (Acheta domesticus)
  • Field cricket (Gryllus bimaculatus)
  • Tropical house cricket (Gryllodes sigillat)
  • Silkworm (Bombyx mori) 
  • Super worm (Zophobas morio)
  • Lesser mealworm (Alphitobius diaperinus) 
  • European honey bee (Apis mellifera)
  • Housefly (Musca domestica)

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