Some Abiotic Factors Affecting the Survival of the Cat Flea, Ctenocephalides felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae)

  title={Some Abiotic Factors Affecting the Survival of the Cat Flea, Ctenocephalides felis (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae)},
  author={Jules Silverman and Michael K Rust},
  journal={Environmental Entomology},
Some abiotic environmental factors influencing the survival of the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis (Bouche), in semi-arid and temperature climates were studied. Pupae survived outdoors throughout most of the year except July and August, when temperatures often exceeded 35°C. As temperatures increased, the time required to kill larvae exposed to 12 and 33% relative humidity (RH) decreased. At 27°C, 16-h exposures to 12% RH and 24-h exposures to 33% RH provided 100 and 97% mortality, respectively… 

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