Looking for information about pests with fewer than six legs?

You have come to the right place! Understanding the unique challenges posed by vertebrate pests is critical for success in operating an IPM program. Each heading to the right represents a different group of vertebrate pests and aims to provide information about prevention, monitoring, identification, and solutions specific to those particular pests.

Vertebrate pests usually require different or additional tactics and strategies than those used for invertebrates. While many solutions in this section will require the assistance of a pest control professional, there are targeted monitoring, identification, and treatment plans that are appropriate for collections care staff to undertake on their own.

In the case of many vertebrate pests, it is imperative to work with appropriate pest or wildlife removal company to ensure that you follow legal guidelines, as many species are federally and/or locally protected.

Mice & Rats

Most cultural heritage institutions have issues with rodent pests that could cause damage to collections and buildings. Proper identification, treatment, and housekeeping are crucial in dealing with mice and rats.

Mice and Rats

Bats & Birds

Bats and birds require a pest control professional for management. They carry a number of human health and safety concerns. Many species are federally protected. Knowledge of methods of control are paramount.

Birds and Bats

Game & Wildlife

While rare, game/wildlife can become a nuisance and hazard to both humans and collections if they gain access to structures. Many species are federally protected and require a pest control professional for management.

Game and Wildlife


See individual vertebrate pages above for targeted resources.

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