Integrated Pest Management

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A long-term preventative strategy used to control pests in museums, archives, libraries. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) relies primarily on non-chemical means to minimize pest infestations. IPM involves several steps that include:

  • Identify and monitor the type and number of pests. This involves careful examination of artifacts for damage and the use of Insect traps to monitor active infestations.
  • Minimize routes of access. This includes locating and sealing holes and cracks, screening windows and ducts and examining all materials brought into the controlled space.
  • Make area inhospitable for breeding. Insects require food and water, thus damp areas, garbage, and debris are attractive and must be eliminated.
  • Use non-chemical eradication methods (such as freezing, heating or anoxia) when possible to eliminate infestations.

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Resources and Citations

  • AIC Wiki: IPM
  • Smithsonian Center for Materials Research and Education: IPM Checklist
  • Northeast Document Conservation Center: IPM