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Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a Principal in A.M. Art Conservation, the e-Editor for the American Institute for Conservation and the Co-Chair of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group.

Up to 54% of museums and historic homes have reported damage from pests. Textiles, animal hides, taxidermy, wood works, natural fibers (like wool and feather), books, and paintings contain material that pests can exploit and do irreversible damage to. Having a good Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program is crucial to protect and ensure the continued longevity of important historical artifacts.
Insects Limited and the MuseumPests Working Group hosted the IPM in Museums and Historic Homes workshop March 11 – 12, 2019. This workshop was designed for museum, library, and archive professionals who need to establish, improve, or better understand their IPM program. Museum conservator, Rachael Arenstein of A. M. Art Conservation and Insects Limited President, Pat Kelley, taught multiple aspects of museum IPM including:

Insects Limited newsletter on IPM in Museums and Historic Homes workshop

• Pest Identification and Biology
• Pest Monitoring and Prevention
• IPM Policies and Procedures
• Identifying Risk Zones and Vulnerable Collections
• Recognizing Pest Damage and Conservation Issues
• Remedial Treatment

Read more about the program from the Insects F&PNewsletterIssue136 – IPM in Museums and Historic Homes.

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IPM Working Group Meeting 2019 PROGRAM ANNOUNCEMENT

Hosted by Insects Limited and the Indianapolis Museum of Art

March 13 – 15, 2019

Insects Limited has been a long-time supporter of the IPM Working Group (IPM-WG) and we are excited to bring our 2019 program to the mid-west with meetings at the Insects Limited offices as well as the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Newfields).

The IPM-WG meetings are designed to help institutions with active IPM programs by bringing individuals together to tackle projects related to pest-related challenges. All information resulting from these collaborations are placed on the website for the benefit of the cultural heritage community. We also welcome conservators and pest management professionals providing pest remediation services as well as entomologists, facility managers and others interested in collaborating on our projects.

The program is scheduled for 2.5 days, beginning the afternoon of March 13th, with a half day of tours and talks by the staff of Insects Limited at their offices and labs. This is an opportunity to dive into the subjects of museum pest research, monitoring and pheromones! The program will be complemented by presentations from participants on projects and new developments in their home institutions. This pre-session will replace the short presentations previously offered during our meeting, allowing us more time to work collaboratively over the subsequent days.

On March 14-15 we will revert to the traditional IPM-WGschedule focusing on further development of the online content for the website. We will be hosted by the Conservation Science department of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and we will have the opportunity for behind the scenes tours of their labs and facilities, as well as an IPM related tours of art storage areas and the historic Lilly House on the Newfields campus.

There is no fee for attending the program; however, participants are responsible for their own travel, room, and board. Additionally, participants are expected to take on an assignment that will result in content for the website. The two-and-a-half-day program is by invitation only as space is limited.

To request a spot please RSVP by e-mailing: including: “IPM-WG 2019 Meeting” in the subject line. Your request must include:

  • Name
  • Address (Company/institution)
  • Phone #
  • E-mail

RSVP’s will be accepted through March 1st, 2019 or until spots are filled. Priority will be given to returning participants on a first-come, first-served basis and to new participants who are actively involved in an IPM program in their institution.

Please note: The IPM-WG meetings do not teach IPM andare only appropriate for individuals working with an active IPM program. A two-day workshop teaching the basics of IPM for museums, libraries and historic homes will be offered at Insects Limited’s facility prior to the meeting. Please look for more information on the homepage and blog in early 2019.

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