Pest Management


“Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the current standard for monitoring and controlling pest populations in library, archives, and museum settings without the use of pesticides or other measures harmful to humans or collections materials."  (The Northwestern University Library website accessed October 8, 2012)

American Museum of Natural History, Paleontological Portal
PaleoPortal - Integrated Pest Management

Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI)
CCI produces fee-based technical bulletins on a variety of conservation issues.
Technical Bulletin #29 Combatting Pests of Cultural Property.  To Find TB # 29, scroll down the web page.  Canadian Conservation Institute produces CCI Notes on collections care topics aimed at a broad audience.  

The Canadian Conservation Institute also produces "CCI Notes" on collections care topics aimed at a broad audience.  The following is a list of the CCI Notes addressing Biological problems in the museum environment (at the website, you can download a PDF of each item):

Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) and Cornell University
Library Preservation and Conservation online tutorial on Pest Control

Harvard Library Preservation Program
Resources developed by the Harvard College Library Conservation Services and the Harvard University Weissman Preservation Center
Pest Management  selected online resources

Integrated Pest Management Working Group (IPM-WG)  This 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. The group meets annually, informally hosted by the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

We are not officially affiliated with any other organization or institution although we do have informal links to the American Institute for Conservation (AIC) and the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) which have supported the IPM-WG in various ways."

Museum  The IPM-WG has created a comprehensive, one-stop-shopping type of website with resources on prevention, monitoring, identification, treatment, templates to aid in creating your own procedures, comprehensive bibliography of publications, and links to online resources. You can also sign up for their e-list to stay tuned to current discussions.

National Park Service
Integrated Pest Management Manual

Conserve O Grams

National Pest Management Association Inc (NPMA)
PestWorld  NPMA website with detailed information and photographs of specific pest

Nebraska Educational Telecommunications (NET), Nebraska's PBS and NPR Stations
Saving Your Treasures look under "Plant Materials"

Northeast Document Conservation Center
Preservation Leaflet 3.10: Integrated Pest Management

Northern States Conservation Center offers fee-based online courses on IPM, as well as, other preservation topics.

Northwestern University Library
Integrated Pest Management

Smithsonian Institution, Museum Conservation Institute

Also, check out the links listed under Publications for additional help resources:

The Textile Museum, Washington, DC
Pest Busters  includes a nice little chart of what to do about destructive insects and mold

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University Library Preservation and Conservation 
Integrated Pest Management

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Integrated Pest Management resources