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IPM in Museums and Historic Houses, 2-Day Workshop


March 11 & 12, 2019, Insects Limited’s Main Office and Lab, Westfield, IN

Integrated Pest Management is now considered an essential component of a well-rounded preventive care policy. Preventing pest damage is better for collections and, over time, more cost effective than treating an infestation.

Insects and vertebrate pests can do irreversible damage to objects of historic and artistic value. Preventing such damage is an essential element of best practice in collection care and requires the design and implementation of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy and plan.

Co-taught by a pest management professional and a conservator, this workshop is appropriate for a range of museum, library, and archive professionals including conservators, facility staff, collection managers, registrars, librarians, and archivists. The program will introduce participants to multiple aspects of IPM including:

  • policy and procedure;
  • preventing infestation;
  • trapping and monitoring;
  • remedial treatment;
  • basic pest identification.

The workshop is designed for staff at institutions which need to establish or improve an IPM program, but would be useful for anyone wanting to refresh basic IPM knowledge. Familiarity with concepts will be developed through a combination of lectures, discussions and hands-on exercises. Workshop participants will learn to:

  • Identify the stakeholders in their institutions who must be involved in setting up a successful IPM program
  • Understand which policies and procedures set the groundwork for successful implementation 
  • Survey a building envelope and collection areas to identify locations vulnerable to entry and infestation 
  • Determine what kind of traps can be used to monitor collection areas and where they should be placed
  • Identify common museum pests
  • Work effectively with a pest management professional
  • Understand the range of options for museum appropriate treatment of pest infestations and what is needed to implement them

To register for the workshop please visit the workshop registration page on the Insects Limited website.

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