28/02-01/03/2019, San Francisco - United States of America

Stressed About Pests? Integrated Pest Management for Heritage Preservation Professionals

Insects and vertebrate pests can do irreversible damage to objects of historic and artistic value. Preventing such damage is an essential element of best practice in collection care and requires the design and implementation of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy and plan. This workshop will introduce participants to multiple aspects of IPM: policy and procedure; preventing infestation; trapping and monitoring; remedial treatment; basic pest identification. It is designed for staff at institutions which need to establish or improve an IPM program but would be useful for anyone wanting to refresh basic IPM knowledge. Familiarity with concepts will be developed through a combination of lectures, discussions and hands-on exercises.


Workshop participants will learn to:
  • Identify stakeholders in their institutions to involve in setting up a successful IPM program
  • Understand which policies and procedures set the groundwork for successful implementation
  • Survey a building envelope and collection areas to identify locations vulnerable to entry and infestation
  • Determine the types and placement of traps to monitor collection areas
  • Identify common museum pests
  • Work effectively with a pest management professional
  • Understand the options for museum appropriate treatment of pest infestations and what is needed to implement them


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