Integrated Pest Management
Integrated Pest Management is the practice of monitoring and managing pest and environmental data to prevent pest damage to collections and cultural heritage. The Alliance has compiled this set of integrated pest management resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.
The Alliance’s online community provides a place to foster dialogue and ask and answer questions about museum practice.
Tier 3 museum members can access a number of sample integrated pest management policies from other museums.
The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) has a technical leaflet on integrated pest management. It outlines non-chemical strategies for preventing and managing pest infestation, such as housekeeping, processing incoming collections, and monitoring activity. It includes a lengthy bibliography and lists sources for supplies and services.
The Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education created an integrated pest management checklist (PDF) to help museums compile accurate information about the institution and implement a program to meet its needs and priorities. It includes a sample floor plan, monitoring chart, pest identification information, and links to dozens of other sites.
MuseumPests is maintained by the Integrated Pest Management Working Group, a group of collection managers, conservators, and other professionals interested in integrated pest management in museums. The site offers a free pest management program (to organize pest observation data and present that data in graph and/or report format); a list of resources on topics such as pest identification, professional societies, and pest control companies; fact sheets; and PestList, an email discussion group.
The Minnesota Historical Society has a technical leaflet on pest infestation in historic wooden structures (PDF), with illustrations of common culprits, tips for prevention, and advice on treatment methods.