Our goal is to be the most comprehensive source of information and support for those implementing integrated pest management policies and procedures in collections-holding and cultural heritage institutions.

Up to 54% of collections have reported damage from pests. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a proactive preventive approach that dramatically reduces pests in your building and increases safety to staff and visitors by reducing the use of pesticides, which saves your institution money in the long-term.

Tips for Use

The 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 – Implementing IPM & preventing access to pests
  • MONITORING – Monitoring & tracking pest populations
  • IDENTIFICATION – Identifying potential pest threats
  • SOLUTIONS – Treating outbreaks in the safest manner possible
  • RESOURCES – Additional resources pertaining to IPM
  • CONFERENCES – Content from major IPM conferences
  • BLOG – Updates on MuseumPests-Working Group activities
  • FAQ – Answers to common questions
  • ABOUT US – Learn about the group behind MuseumPests.net

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


Our meeting in Indianapolis sponsored by Insects Limited and the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. Read about the MuseumPests Working Group activities on our blog.


Our meeting at Harvard University sponsored by the Museum of Comparative Zoology, The Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology and Harvard University Herbaria resulted in exciting new content and updates across the site.  Read a short blog post with updates from our U.K. Liaison.

2017 Meeting Update

Thank you to the Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library staff for  a productive meeting and terrific tours of their IPM and conservation labs.

2016 Meeting Update

We enjoyed our most recent meeting in New Haven courtesy of Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History and the Institute for the Preservation of Cultural Heritage.  Read more about the program on our Blog and check out some of the new contributions on museumpests including the new Image Library and Vienna IPM Conference Proceedings pages.

2015 Meeting Update

Grateful thanks to the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute for hosting the 2015 MP-WG meeting.  The program included two working group days as well as a third day with a morning lecture and afternoon tours of SI facilities relating to IPM.  Visit the MuseumPests.net Blog for program information and an update from participants.

2014 Meeting Update

Content from the MuseumPests 2014: Integrated Pest Management for museums, libraries, archives and historic sites conference and workshops held at Colonial Williamsburg, VA  March 27-28, 2014 including papers, posters, keynote lectures and workshops is available on the 2014 Conference pages.



Help Us Help You!
PLEASE take our survey! The data will guide the work of the MP-WG and research projects that our participants undertake for years to come. We want to hear about your pests and your needs. Take 15 minutes of your day to take the survey

MuseumPests is Social!
Want to keep up with MP-WG activities and members? Check out our social media presence on Twitter @MuseumPests, Instagram @museumpests, Facebook and visit the MuseumPests YouTube channel to view the curated playlists of videos on IPM topics.  If you have a post or video that you’d like to add, contact our social media team at social@museumpests.net.

New &  Noteworthy
Did you know that around 30 people get together every year to update MuseumPests and develop new resources? Read more about the group on the About Us section of the site and our Blog.  Since its inception, the group behind the site called itself the Integrated Pest Management Working Group (IPM-WG).  As of our March 2019 meeting we are officially changing our name to the MuseumPests Working Group (MP-WG). We aren’t just for the benefit of museums but it is a catchier name than the Museum, Library, Archive, Historic House and Collection-holding IPM Working Group (MLAHHCHIPM-WG)! And it means that we don’t have to describe that we are the group behind MuseumPests.net!   

Future Plans
Keep an eye on this spot as dates are determined for upcoming MP-WG meetings.  Interested in hosting the 2020 MP-WG meeting at your institution? Please contact chair@museumpests.net.

Keep abreast of the MP-WG’s future plans and developments on our Blog.

U.K. & European IPM Working Group Updates

Congratulations to the Swedish National Heritage Board & partners for hosting the very successful 4th international conference on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Stockholm, Sweden,  21-23 May 2019.  Keep an eye on this space for information on the publication of the postprints.

Read a summary of the 3rd international IPM Conference in Museums, Archives, Libraries and Historic Buildings from MP-WG participants who traveled to the September 2016 conference at the Louvre Museum, Paris.

Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage by David Pinniger.  A practical, color-illustrated, working handbook for the curator, conservator and all persons concerned with the management of collections. It is an essential guide to the recognition of insect, rodent and bird pests with advice on the practical steps required to prevent and control damage to collections. Available from Archetype Publications.

 IPM and Health & Safety Resources
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. 
Search the PestList Archives

Find answers to common questions using our PestList archive – http://www.mail-archive.com/pestlist@museumpests.net

Call for Images

The MuseumPests Image Library is always interested in adding images of pests, damage to museum collections as well as IPM activities in progress.  If you have any you are willing to share, please submit them via our image submissions page.

Sponsorship & Participating Institutions

We are grateful for the generous sponsorship of the organizations that helped fund the creation of this website as well as the support of the participating institutions whose staff has contributed time, talent and resources to build & maintain this site.

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