The last thing you want to have in your museum are pests. We do as much as we can to curate and maintain the proper conditions to preserve theater articles that we receive both from our patrons and enthusiasts. However, all this effort will be for nothing if pests are not managed.
The sensitivity and delicateness of the collections require a particular type of pest control. A museum is also a public venue so safe and non-toxic pest control methods should be employed. We have received some questions from private theater museums about ways to ensure that the museum collections are kept in its best condition for generations to come.
We sought the help of Pest Control Denver CO Inc. to shed some light on the basic things to know about pest control in museums.
First, we have to know what Museum Integrated Pest Management is. According to our pest control expert, it is the practice of monitoring and managing the presence of pests using pest control methods to prevent destruction to museum pieces and cultural legacy.
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has different specializations, and Museum IPM is one of them. This is to address the special handling requirement for priceless and timeless museum articles while being hard-hitting on pests.
Museum IPM is not reactive, rather, it involves understanding the nature of the pests to plan on the most efficient way to eliminate them without causing any damage to the museum’s collection. Also, the museum’s staff are on the front line in monitoring and implementing the IPM plan set for the institution.
For better understanding, here are the stages of Integrated Pest Management for Museums.
Everything should start with prevention. In museums, the first line of defense against pest is to block them from getting in. Here are ways to prevent pests from accessing your gallery.
- Seal off possible pest entry points such as broken doors and windows and cracks on the walls.
- Invest in tight-sealed cabinets to keep pest outside.
- Manage temperature and humidity in the museum.
- Practice good housekeeping and never allow people to bring in food near the collections.
- Inspect new materials entering the museum for pests.
Determine the common pests in your area. This way, you can easily monitor the presence of pests and the conditions that led to that. Also, you need to take not if there are new pests that you observed in your collections. It should be done regularly to enable you to control the pests before they multiply.
Knowing the pests and the affected collection will be a good start to planning course of action to eliminate the pest without damaging the infected museum piece.
This part should be done in coordination with a pest control company. The pest control company will be able to advise you on the best option to use to ensure that your collection will not be harmed during the pest treatment.
Pest elimination is not a one-size, fit all method. The level of pest infestation, the kind of pest and the environment contribute to the method that will be used. Always have a licensed pest control expert to assist you in developing an effective IPM for your museum.