Tree thumbnailPest control is a topic all object-holding museums must consider for the safety of their collections. This leaflet provides a review of the common pest control methods proven dangerous to people and harmful to collections.

Sherry Butcher-Younghans and Gretchen E. Anderson provide alternative methods for eradicating pests that are safe for humans and won’t damage collections. Freezing is the best solution for killing pests because it works for most materials and is cost effective.

A detailed outline shows museum professionals how to effectively freeze objects and what materials can be frozen safely. Prevention is key to mitigating problems with pests and Butcher-Younghans and Anderson provide preventive steps.

Also included is a list of common museum pests with ways to identify them, the food sources attracting them to objects in collections, and how to detect them.

For more information on similar topics, please refer to Technical Leaflet Bundle 4, Risk Management.

A Holistic Approach to Museum Pest Management TL#171 (1990)