IPM in Museums and Historic Homes is an integrated pest management (IPM) two-day workshop for museum, library and archive professionals.
Rachael Arenstein, museum conservator, A. M. Art Conservation, and Insects Limited President Pat Kelley, BCE, taught the following:
- Pest ID and biology;
- Pest monitoring and prevention;
- IPM policies and procedures;
- Identifying risk zones and vulnerable collections;
- Recognizing pest damage and conservation issues;
- Remedial treatment.
Pest species typically associated with museums include:
- Varied carpet beetle (Anthrenus verbasci);
- Odd beetle (Thylodrias contractus);
- Hide beetle (Dermestes maculatus);
- Webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella);
- Case-making clothes moth (Tinea pellionella);
- Powderpost beetle (Lyctus spp);
- Furniture beetle (Anobium punctatum);
- Old house borer (Hylotrupes bajulus).
The second part of the week, March 13-15, the MuseumPests Working Group toured the Insects Limited lab and held meetings at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (Newfields).
MuseumPests Working Group meets annually and consists of collection managers, conservators and entomologists interested in IPM for museums, libraries, archives and other collection-holding institutions.