THE CONTROL OF INSECT PESTS IN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:THE EFFECTS OF LOW TEMPERATURE ON STEGOBIUM PANICEUM (LINNEAUS), THE DRUGSTORE BEETLE
MARK GILBERG, & AGNES BROKERHOF
THOUGH FURTHER studies are required to determine the time-mortality relationship for other common museum pests at −20°C, the observed results for Stegobium paniceum support the provisional treatment schedule proposed by Florian (1986) for treating insect-infested materials in museum collections. Additional studies are also necessary to establish the rate of cooling of various museum materials.
THE AUTHORS wish to thank Dr. H. J. Banks, CSIRO Division of Entomology, Canberra, ACT, for his assistance in providing insect cultures for study and for numerous discussions regarding the experimental methodology.