FAQ

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About the IPM-Working Group

What is the IPM-WG?

The Integrated Pest Management Working Group, (IPM-WG) is a group of collection managers, conservators, entomologists and other professionals interested in issues surrounding the implementation of integrated pest management in museums and other collection-holding institutions.

For more info see About Us

How do I join the PestList?

While on MuseumPests.net Home Page click on the Join our Pest Email List link located on the left hand menu.  Follow the instructions on that page.

How do I contact the group?

Use our Contact Us page to send a message to the IPM-WG Co-Chairs and the Webmaster.

Do you hold workshops on IPM planning?

Check the Blog  to keep current with IPM-WG events. In the meantime, use the many tools available on the website to begin planning your own IPM program in the Prevention section. Our YouTube channel contains links to two Connecting to Collections Care webinars that cover the basics of IPM for small to mid-sized institutions. 

Can you do site visits to advise/consult on our institution’s IPM plan?

IPM-WG does not provide this kind of service. Visit the Prevention – Pest Management Professionals section for general information on hiring pest management professions. In the meantime, use the many tools available on the website to begin planning your own IPM program, found in the Prevention section. Also, join the pest email list.  This forum allows members to ask questions and receive answers from members of the museum, preservation and pest control community.

Prevention Tips

Can you do site visits to advise/consult on our institution’s IPM plan?

IPM-WG does not provide this kind of service. Visit the Prevention – Pest Management Professionals section for general information on hiring pest management professions. In the meantime, use the many tools available on the website to begin planning your own IPM program, found in the Prevention section. Also, join the pest email list.  This forum allows members to ask questions and receive answers from members of the museum, preservation and pest control community.

Identification Tips

Can you help me identify my pest?

Start with the site’s Identification page.  If examining the online resources does not allow you to confidently identify your pest, you may send a reasonably sized JPG image to the PestList where the online community may be able to help.  PestList members have varying levels of experience.  As with all resources, examine the responses critically .

Developing IPM Programs and Policy

Do you hold workshops on IPM planning?

Check the Blog  to keep current with IPM-WG events. In the meantime, use the many tools available on the website to begin planning your own IPM program in the Prevention section. Our YouTube channel contains links to two Connecting to Collections Care webinars that cover the basics of IPM for small to mid-sized institutions. 

Can you do site visits to advise/consult on our institution’s IPM plan?

IPM-WG does not provide this kind of service. Visit the Prevention – Pest Management Professionals section for general information on hiring pest management professions. In the meantime, use the many tools available on the website to begin planning your own IPM program, found in the Prevention section. Also, join the pest email list.  This forum allows members to ask questions and receive answers from members of the museum, preservation and pest control community.

How do I develop a new IPM Policy/Program?

Start by visiting our Prevention page where you will find templates for policy and other elements to consider. As your program matures or develops check out our Monitoring, Identification, and, Solutions.

 

Solution Tips

Can you recommend someone in my area who can carry out treatment of my infestation?

While the IPM-WG doesn’t make referrals, the website provides background information on the various treatment options so that you can make an informed decision.

See Resources for Treatment Selection in the Solutions section for fact sheets on various treatment options, and the Prevention-Pest Management Professionals section for general information on hiring pest management professions.

Also, join the pest email list.  This forum allows members to ask questions and receive answers from members of the museum, preservation and pest control community.

What should I do about mold?

While the IPM-WG does not specifically focus on objects with mold growth, there is some overlap. By searching for “mold” on the website, you will be directed to some useful resources.

Website

How is the website maintained?

This site is based on WordPress. The majority of the functions come from publicly available plugins.  The Pestlist signup, identification and image submission system is custom programmed for Museumpests.net by Leon Zak at zaks.com.

 

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