The Thermal Death Points of Several Species of Insects1

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Investigations were made to determine the mortality of various insects when exposed to conditions simulating those found in closed uninsulated aircraft parked in the sun and in unrefrigerated compartments of supersonic aircraft. Fifteen species, including the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis (Say), were exposed in a forced-draft electric oven for 15 to 60 minutes to temperatures ranging from 40˚ to 60 The various species differed widely in resistance to heat, but all were dead when exposed for 15 minutes at 60 These findings have quarantine significance, especially in supersonic aircraft where heat is generated by friction on the skin.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1958

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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