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Better pest management doesn’t mean more chemicals.

In the past, pest management in museums and other collection holding institutions often involved regular applications of toxic chemicals to collection areas and actual collections. Health and safety concerns have led institutions to move away from this approach in favor of preventive and protective measures that are not based on chemicals. This strategy involves numerous measures used in combination and is commonly termed “integrated pest management” or IPM.

Site Organization

This site presents information on invertebrate, vertebrate, and mold pests in museum, library, and archival collections as well as historic structures.  This site’s first four sections (prevention, monitoring, identification, solutions) cover issues in developing, implementing and managing an IPM plan for your institution – whatever your collection type.  Each element is explained with detailed information, samples of documents and forms, and links that you can follow to access even more resources.

  • PREVENTION - Preventing access to pests
  • MONITORING - Monitoring pest populations
  • IDENTIFICATION - Identifying potential pest threats
  • SOLUTIONS - Treating outbreaks in the safest manner possible
  • RESOURCES - Additional resources pertaining to IPM
  • 2014 CONFERENCE – Content from the papers, posters and workshops
  • BLOG - Updates on the activities of the IPM-WG and its participants
  • FAQ – Answers to common questions
  • ABOUT US - Museumpests.net and the IPM-WG explained

You can also use the Search feature on the main menu bar to find resources from throughout the site related to your search topic.


MuseumPests 2014: Integrated Pest Management for museums, libraries, archives and historic sites
Colonial Williamsburg, Williamsburg, Virginia USA,  March 27-28, 2014
After 10 years of creating online IPM resources for the museum, library/archive and historic site community the IPM Working Group partnered with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to hold a two-day conference and workshop program.  View content from teh papers, posters, keynote lectures and workshops on the 2014 Conference pages here on MuseumPests.net.

The IPM-WG is working on developing plans for sustaining its work and this site.  Keep abreast of developments by the Long Range Planning Group read about their proposal on our Blog page. 

Integrated Pest Management for Collections: Proceedings of 2011: A Pest Odyssey, 10 Years Later post-prints can be purchased via the Pest Odyssey 2011 website.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC) and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) have joined forces in publishing Health and Safety for Museum Professionals.  Available from University Products, the book contains useful information on pesticide hazards. 

We are grateful for the generous sponsorship of the organizations that helped fund the creation of this website:

Find answers to common questions using our PestList archive -

We are always interested in adding images of museum pests, throughout the site. If you have any you are willing to share, please let us know at chair@museumpests.net.