JAIC 1991, Volume 30, Number 2, Article 7 (pp. 197 to 201)
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JAIC 1991, Volume 30, Number 2, Article 7 (pp. 197 to 201)

THE CONTROL OF INSECT PESTS IN MUSEUM COLLECTIONS:THE EFFECTS OF LOW TEMPERATURE ON STEGOBIUM PANICEUM (LINNEAUS), THE DRUGSTORE BEETLE

MARK GILBERG, & AGNES BROKERHOF


ABSTRACT—The effect of time on mortality of various developmental stages of Stegobium paniceum (Linneaus) at −20 was studied. Eggs, larvae, pupae and adult insects were collected and exposed to −20C for 0–4 hours. Complete mortality was observed for all developmental stages after 1-hour exposure. The use of low temperatures as an alternative to conventional fumigation techniques for the treatment of insect-infested museum objects is discussed in terms of the results of these experimental trials.

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1. INTRODUCTION
2. METHODS AND MATERIALS
3. EXPOSURE PROCEDURE
4. RESULTS
5. CONCLUSIONS
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