“The No. 1 reason slats go bad is age,” said Andy Altenburg at the 2019 Missouri Pork Expo. After 20 years building and repairing hog and cattle barns, he’s seen about every situation-gone-wrong you can imagine.
Defoliation caused by blister beetle adults is usually minor. However, the main concern with these insects is that the adults contain a chemical known as cantharidin that is capable of producing painful blisters.