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 – Program content
  • 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.


NEWVisit the new MuseumPests YouTube channel and view the playlists with curated lists of videos on IPM topics.

Future Plans

Save the Date – The IPM-WG 2016 meeting hosted by the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, New Haven CT will be held March 16-18. See the 2016 Program Announcement for details.

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

2015 Meeting Update

Grateful thanks to the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum Conservation Institute for hosting the 2015 IPM-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.

The next international conference is tentatively planned for Paris 2016.  Check back in the future for more information.

2014 Meeting Update

If you missed the MuseumPests 2014: Integrated Pest Management for museums, libraries, archives and historic sites held at Colonial Williamsburg, VA  March 27-28, 2014 you can access almost all of the presented content including papers, posters, keynote lectures and workshops on the 2014 Conference pages.

U.K. & European IPM Working Group Updates

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.

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

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.

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 and maintain this resource.

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