You’ve identified a pest infestation – what now? The Integrated Pest Management Working Group has created a library of accepted treatments, from isolating objects to freezing and low oxygen environments.
Many disasters we face – from hurricanes to fires – are largely out of our control, but in most cases, steps can be taken to lessen the impact to our collections. One important step to take is to include Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in your daily operations and emergency planning so you are not caught unaware.
Dealing with a pest infestation starts with identification: once you know what you’re dealing with, you can tailor your plan to remove the pest with the least damage to your collection. The Integrated Pest Management Working Group has created an excellent library of fact sheets to help with this important step:
Two important websites to guide you in understanding how to prevent infestations or control and eliminate pests once they’ve unintentionally entered your collection.
- The MuseumPests Working Group was formed by collection managers, conservators, entomologists and other professionals for the implementation of integrated pest management in museums, libraries, archives, and other collection-holding institutions: https://museumpests.net/
- PREVENTION – Implementing IPM & preventing access to pests https://museumpests.net/prevention-introduction/
- MONITORING – Monitoring & tracking pest populations https://museumpests.net/monitoring-introduction/
- IDENTIFICATION – Identifying potential pest threats https://museumpests.net/identification/
- SOLUTIONS – Treating outbreaks in the safest manner possible https://museumpests.net/solutions/
- RESOURCES – Additional resources pertaining to IPM https://museumpests.net/resources-2/
2. What’s Eating Your Collection is a website by the Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery dedicated to integrated pest management with guidance to its implementation and to the identification of the insects that you may find with recommendations in case you need to take action.
(Note: this website requires Flash)