Our goal is to be the most comprehensive source of information and support for those implementing integrated pest management policies and procedures in collections-holding and cultural heritage institutions.

Up to 54% of collections have reported damage from pestsIntegrated Pest Management (IPM) is a proactive preventive approach that dramatically reduces pests in your building and increases safety to staff and visitors by reducing the use of pesticides, which saves your institution money in the long-term.

Tips for Use

The 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 – Implementing IPM & preventing pest access 
  • MONITORING – Monitoring & tracking pest populations
  • IDENTIFICATION – Identifying potential pest threats
  • SOLUTIONS – Treating outbreaks in the safest manner possible
  • RESOURCES – Additional resources pertaining to IPM
  • CONFERENCES – Content from major IPM conferences
  • BLOG – Updates on MuseumPests-Working Group activities
  • FAQ – Answers to common questions
  • ABOUT US – Learn about the group behind MuseumPests.net

You can also use the Search feature on the main menu bar to find resources from throughout the site related to your search topic.


2nd MuseumPests Public Presentation Session March 3, 2022

Join us for MuseumPests Second Public Presentation Session on March 3 starting at 12:00 U.S. Eastern Time.  In order to receive the direct Zoom webinar link please RSVP by March 1. If you do not RSVP you will be able to watch via Facebook live. The session will be...

MuseumPests 2022 Virtual Working Group Schedule

19th MuseumPests Working Group Meeting Hosted by: ZOOM! Schedule DAY 1 – Tuesday, March 1 8:45 amLog-in to Zoom say hi to your colleagues 9:00-9:30Digital Introductions9:30-10:00Introduce subgroup projects:- Prevention- Identification - Solutions - Vertebrates-...

2022 MPWG Virtual Meeting Projects

Check out our list of topics and projects to see what you might want to work on or contribute during the 2021 Virtual Working Group Meeting March 1-2, 2022. TOPIC: Prevention CONTENT LEADER: Matt MickletzPROJECTS/GOALS:  Continue working on the Developing Policy...

Integrated Pest Management for Collections now available for purchase

edited by Suzanne Ryder and Amy Crossman This collection of papers and posters presented at the 2021 ICON conference A Pest Odyssey – The Next Generation is evidence that integrated pest management (IPM) has been adopted globally as the accepted strategy...

2022 MuseumPests Working Group Virtual Program Announcement

March 1-3, 2022 VIRTUAL MEETING Last year there was hope that we would be able to meet in person in 2022 but clearly the pandemic has still affected travel, budgets and schedules. Given the success and efficiency of our virtual 2021 meeting we are proposing a second...

Pest Odyssey 2021 – The Next Generation

The Icon Pest Odyssey Network is please to announce that tickets are now available for its third, international, decennial conference. This will be a fully virtual conference, 20th - 22nd September 2021 and will enable participants to focus on changes and new...

Tercera llamada….. ¡¡¡Comenzamos!!! MuseumPests en ESPAÑOL

Estamos muy emocionados de lanzar oficialmente la versión en español de MuseumPests. Este proyecto comenzó lentamente, con la traducción de páginas individuales, pero alcanzó su punto máximo durante los encierros de la pandemia COVID-19 en el 2020. El proyecto reunió...

MuseumPests First Ever Public Presentation Session!

March 11, 2021, 12:00 – 4:30 (GMT -5:00) Join us for MuseumPests First Public Presentation Session.  For those who haven't already RSVP'd to receive a direct Zoom link, you can access the program via Facebook Live on the MuseumPests page.  The session will...

MuseumPests.net needs your help – Fundraising appeal

The MuseumPests Working Group began 19 years ago; from our initial 2002 meeting with seven people, we have now grown into a worldwide network to support the needs of museum, library, archive and historic house staff who strive to...

2021 MuseumPests Working Group Virtual Program Announcement

Since our 2020 in-person meeting at the Met, almost a year ago, our world has been turned upside-down but as insects have adapted to our new realities so have we. The MuseumPests Working Group (MPWG) is rising to the challenge and maintaining our momentum with our...


SUPPORT MuseumPests.net and the PestList!
MuseumPests is an all volunteer effort. But we raise funds when major upgrades to this site are needed. Our Webmaster/Programmer Leon Zak has kept us running for 19 years.  Your online donation or purchase of MuseumPests swag will support the site, keeping resources freely available for the cultural heritage IPM community.  Read more about our fundraising campaign.

MuseumPests 2022 Virtual Meeting

The Working Group conducted its 19th meeting March 1-3, 2022 virtually for the second year. The second MuseumPests Presents! Session of short presentations was well attended. View the presentation slides from our Conferences page or access the videos from our YouTube channel or  MuseumPests Facebook page.


Did you know that between 30-50 people meet every year to update MuseumPests and develop new resources? Read more about the group on the About Us section of the site and our Blog.  Since its inception, the group behind the site called itself the Integrated Pest Management Working Group (IPM-WG).  In 2019 we officially changed our name to the MuseumPests Working Group (MPWG). We aren’t just for the benefit of museums but it is a catchier name than the Museum, Library, Archive, Historic House and Collection-holding IPM Working Group (MLAHHCHIPM-WG). Mostly the change in name means that we don’t have to specify that we are the group behind MuseumPests.net!

MuseumPests is Social

Want to keep up with MP-WG activities and members? Check out our social media presence on Twitter @MuseumPests, Instagram @museumpestsFacebook and visit the MuseumPests YouTube channel to view the curated playlists of videos on IPM topics.  If you have a post or video that you’d like to add, contact our social media team at social@museumpests.net.

U.K. & European IPM Working Group Updates

Integrated Pest Management for Collections, the post-prints from the 2021 Pest Odyssey conference.in London is now available for purchase. Visit the Pest Odyssey site for to listen to a recording of the papers presented at the Pest Odyssey Network’s July 2020 open meeting centered around the theme Pest Off with COVID and Other Stories.

Access the postprints and posters from 4th international conference on Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Stockholm, Sweden,  21-23 May 2019.

Search the PestList Archives

Find answers to common questions using our PestList archive – http://www.mail-archive.com/pestlist@museumpests.net

Call for Images

The MuseumPests Image Gallery is always interested in adding images of pests, damage to museum collections as well as IPM activities in progress.  If you have any you are willing to share, please submit them via our image submissions page.

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 & maintain this site.

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