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Register for the Introduction to Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage Collections Workshop

Registration is currently open and a few spots remain for the upcoming IPM workshop to be held February 24-25, 2020 in New York City.  


The fee for the two-day workshop is $375. Payment can be made online via the Insects Limited Website’s online store. Precise meeting location information will be supplied upon registration.


Preventing damage from pests is an essential task in the responsible management of all collections. Implementing an appropriate Integrated Pest Management (IPM) plan is the best way to prevent infestations from taking root and to deal with any problems in a safe and effective manner. This workshop will provide a basic introduction to IPM after which participants should be able to assess appropriate options for their institutions and collections in areas of policy and procedures, preventing infestations, trapping and monitoring, and remedial treatment. Basics of pest identification will be taught. This workshop is designed to:

  • Introduce the various elements of an IPM program.
  • Identify ways in which pests gain access to collections.
  • Start a discussion on appropriate IPM policy statements and procedure documents
  • Provide an understanding of how a pest monitoring program can be implemented to reveal pest activity.
  • Teach identification techniques for some of the most common and harmful museum pests.
  • Discuss a range of remedial treatments for infested collections and the pros and cons of some of these treatments.

By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the stakeholders in their institutions who must be involved in setting up a successful IPM plan.
  • Understand what policies and procedures set the groundwork for successful implementation of an IPM plan.
  • Survey the building envelope and collection areas to identify areas vulnerable to entry and infestation.
  • Determine what kinds of traps can be used to monitor collections areas and where they should be placed.
  • Identify some of the most common museum pests.
  • Understand the range of options for remedial treatment of pest infestations.
  • Locate appropriate resources, including web sites, texts, articles, and expert colleagues.


Pat Kelley the President of Insects Limited, has over 30 years of experience in professional pest management. He is a Board Certified Entomologist with a MS in Entomology from the University of Nebraska. He currently heads the IPM strategies for several large museums and is a consultant to the museum industry on pest management issues performing training and lecturing for museums and historic houses all around the United States and Europe. He is the Chair of the Identification Aids subgroup for the MuseumPests Working Group and co-author of a chapter on Pheromones in the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control, 10th Ed. 

Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a conservator at A.M. Art Conservation, LLC a private practice in the New York area. She has held positions at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI), and the Peabody Museum of Art & Archaeology, amongst others. Rachael began working on IPM issues on the NMAI Move Project and its extensive pest management program in 2001-2004. This experience led to becoming a founding member and, since 2008, Co-Chair of the MuseumPests Working Group. She consults and teaches on IPM and treats infested artifacts. 

Report on the IPM in Museums and Historic Homes workshop March 11 – 12, 2019

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.