Reply To: furs, weevils, and mothballs?


I think that we all agree that it cannot be stressed enough that treatment of an active pest  infestation in an object or/and a collection without getting to the root cause of the problem is of limited value. I am glad that Rachael concurred with what I said previously. I do know that different institutions use various methods and can be environmental friendly and/or using various fumigation methods as well. Therefore, I am really enthusiastic to ask the experts  to help with the prognosis and find out specific questions to conservators, entomologists, taxidermists, and others to then proceed with whatever method you think will work best for your situation and the object’s needs.

There was a really good talk at the ‘Climate for Collections Conference’ in November 2012 in Munich, Germany entitled “The influence of the museum environment in controlling insect pests” by Entomologist Robert Child from the UK. This paper will be available online shortly by the organizers of the conference organized by the Doerner Institut.

Also, there will be a IPM course in Vienna, Austria on 3-4 June 2013.

This workshop will give you guidance on how to deal with insect pest problems likely to be encountered in museums, collections, archives and historic houses. It will focus upon insects and the damage they cause, together with new information on the detection, monitoring and trapping of pests. The emphasis is on pest-prevention as the key to successful IPM, but will also evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of physical and chemical control measures. Practical sessions include; identification of insects and insect damage and apractical survey exercise.