Museum collections are vulnerable to destruction from pests such as insects, rodents, birds and mold. This type of deterioration to collections is not always addressed because the damage is often gradual, obscured from general view, and therefore, unnoticed. However, over time this persistent activity can have devastating effects on museum collections.
In the past, chemical applications were widely used in museums to eradicate pests. Recent changes in public attitudes and government regulations have increased the pressure to minimize the use of pesticides, and have encouraged the use of preventative measures and less toxic materials and methods.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the general term used for pest management programs in many museums and other institutions. IPM focuses on preventive techniques to minimize food, moisture and environmental conditions required for pest survival.
Sanitation is a crucial factor in pest control. A clean, uncluttered environment is not attractive to pests. The condition of the building itself is another important factor in pest control. Pests infiltrate through cracks and holes in building structures. It is important to seal openings in buildings to inhibit passage. Pests are also brought into museums from the outside on objects and sometimes people. Containment of affected areas or objects is important in preventing infested materials from contaminating non-infested collections.
Early detection is critical in pest management programs. Regular inspection of the museum environment and collections is necessary to control activities as they occur. Records should be kept for long term evaluation of changes.
MS210: Integrated Pest Management for Museums, Libraries and Archives
Course Description & Info Instructor Gretchen Anderson
Student Login Price: $495
Oct 6 - Nov 14, 2014 [Add to Cart]
Books and products we recommend:
CCI Tech Bulletin #13 Controlling Vertebrate Pests in Museums by Thomas J.K. Strang and John E. Dawson
Examines the detrimental affect that rodents have on museum collections. Vertebrate animals can soil or destroy artifacts. Prompt identification of the pest and the use of suitable methods to control it are essential. In most cases, non-chemical methods can be used to control vertebrate pests in museums; chemical methods are also discussed.
|Controlling Vertebrate Pests in Museums||$12.00|
CCI Tech Bulletin # 15 Solving Museum Insect Problems: Chemical Control by John E. Dawson and revised by Thomas J.K. Strang
Intended to help museum staff understand commercial pest control operations. It describes chemical methods of controlling insects, and includes information on regulations, modes of action, and application methods necessary for the safe use of insecticides. A detailed guide helps in decision-making about the appropriate chemical method of control.
|Solving Museum Insect Problems: Chemical Control||$26.00|
CCI Tech Bulletin #29 Combatting Pests of Cultural Property by Tom Strang and Rika Kigawa
Pests can be very destructive to both aesthetic elements and the structural integrity of collections, historic buildings, and objects. Protection against pests requires attention to the collection’s environment, containment, discovery of pests, response to pests, and remediation actions. Reducing loss of value over time is the goal of preventive conservation strategies. Integrated pest management (IPM) practices are part of this process. Having a safe work environment and minimizing adverse effects to objects from chemical exposure is a background concern. Effectiveness of any control procedure or treatment can be measured by reducing the extent and repeated incidence of the problem. Basic pests of collections, and a structured approach to pest reduction activities, are presented. A survey method with remediation activities appropriate to pest infestation findings is given to help start an IPM program for a wide range of collections from outdoor installations to state-of-the art preservation facilities.
|Combatting Pests of Cultural Property||$35.00|
Links to related information on other sites:
Integrated Pest Management: Not a Fad or Fancy Term But a Valid Operational Strategy
Integrated Pest Management for Montana Museums
(training slide show)
Museum of the Rockies: IPM Experiences
(training slide show)
Integrated Pest Management
Radcliffe's IPM World Textbook
Integrated Pest Management (IPM): What Is It?
History of IPM
National Science Foundation’s Virtual Center for Integrated Pest Management
Iowa State University’s Entomology Site
Integrated Pest Management at Iowa State University
National IPM Network North Carolina Component
Urban Pest Management
Managing Pests in the Home, Garden and Yard
(links to articles)
Urban Integrated Pest Management
National IPM Network (US)
University of Massachusetts, IPM page
(mainly fruit and vegetable information, but this site is growing)
The National Park Service Integrated Pest Management Manual
Pest Management Resouce Center (Wales)
Integrated Pest Management A Selected Bibliography for Collections Care
The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology
Integrated Pest Management Links
Pest Management (page of links to texts)
Furniture Care & Handling - Biopredation
Pest Management Model Plan (US ARMY)
Alternatives to Chemical Pest Control
Pesticide Storage and Disposal
STRUCTURAL AND PUBLIC HEALTH PESTS - Application of IPM Principles To Structural Pests
Structural Pest Control and the Law
2003 North Carolina Agricultural Chemicals Manual (includes information on pests and identification)
Pesticide Fact Sheets
US Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventitive Medicine Entomological Sciences Program
Pesticides and Child Safety
Floods and Pests
UT-Houston Environmental Health & Safety
MANAGING HEALTH HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH BIRD AND BAT EXCREMENT
Bio-Integral Resource Center
"Integrate pest management into operations" by Wendy Jessup
Controlling Insect Pests: Alternatives to Pesticides (Conserve-O-Gram 3/8) - (An Adobe PDF file)
Keeping Bugs in their Place with Help from IMLS
Integrated Pest Management