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.

Share This:

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 MuseumPests.net 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 MuseumPests.net 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 MuseumPests.net 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: chair@museumpests.net 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 MuseumPests.net homepage and blog in early 2019.

Share This:

Translate »