11 Preventive Measures for Protecting Collections from Pest Infestations
- Reiterate the no food and living plant policy in storage and the exhibit
Striving for a no food, drink or living plant policy in storage and exhibition areas is the most basic approach. Establish no offices in storage spaces to prevent
the vulnerability of eating at desks or bringing personal coats in storage. Wash hands before entering storage after eating and assure there is a routine
garbage schedule both inside and outside of storage. Additionally, please communicate with staff during events for the no food and living plant policy in
Exceptions to food in storage are for cultural appropriate care. Reach out to the originating community for questions on this subject matter.
- Identify risks: building structure and collection materials
Is your building well sealed at the doors and windows? Evaluate building gaps that can be filled for pests to enter. Weather stripping is a great option.
Collaborate with the facilities team at your museum to regularly identify, improve, and monitor the building structure of a museum.
Next, assess what types of materials make up the collection. Which materials are the most vulnerable? For example, webbing clothes moth larvae love the