A pest mitigation method in which articles are refrigerated (about 4C or 40F) for lengthy periods of time. Cold storage does not kill moth or beetle larvae, but does prevent damage from the pests due to inactivity at the cold temperatures. Prior to wide-spread air conditioning, cold storage was commonly used commercially during the summer months for storing coats, furs, carpets, blankets, upholstered furniture, and stuffed animal heads.
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Mary-Lou Florian, Dale Paul Kronkright, Ruth E. Norton, The Conservation of Artifacts Made from Plant Materials, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 1990
- External source or communication Comment: E.A. Back, 'Clothes Moths and Their Control', Farmers' Bulletin, No. 1353, U.S.Department of Agriculture, 1932.