Pest Management

The National Park Service creates a variety of “Conserve-o-Grams,” short pamphlets about a variety of topics, including Handling Pesticide-Contaminated CollectionsMonitoring Pests, and Controlling pests without pesticides (pdfs).

This brief pamphlet has a good introduction to Integrated Pest Management (pdf). provides resources on preventing, monitoring, and identifying pests in museums.

Tom Parker’s company Pest Control Services, Inc., is nationally recognized as the first entomological consulting practice in the structural pest control industry.

The American Institute for Conservation provides links to general resources, bibliographic resources, services, and more.

The IMP Institute of North America, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization that promotes suppliers of goods and services associated with integrated pest management.

This webinar from the Illinois Collections Preservation Network will give you ideas on how to deal with both common molds and insects.

The Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute offers this handout on Integrated Pest Management (pdf).

Pest-Specific Resources

The following pest-specific resources are available through the University of California Davis Agriculture and Natural Resources page.  These pests are most commonly found in museums.

Carpenter Bees

Carpet Beetles

Clothes Moths


Silverfish and Firebrats

Wood-boring Beetles

House Mice