Managing Pests in the Collection


We are all familiar with the type of damage pests can do. Moths in the wardrobe, termites in the floor, mice in the pantry – pests can damage both buildings and collections, sometimes destroying them completely.

In the past, some museums undertook extensive fumigation schedules. However, this is both costly and can be damaging to collections. Today Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is favoured over a ‘spray and pray’ approach.

This help sheet contains information about:

  • Checking for and responding to pest activity
  • Identifying pests
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and how to go about it
  • Treated insect infestations