Buggy Biz: integrated pest management in collections

This book covers all aspects of the integrated control of insects in museums, archives and libraries. It’s an area in which prevention is better than cure.

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) consists of a logical sequence of five steps: avoid, block, detect, confine and treat. The emphasis is on preventive measures and their monitoring. Active control measures are only taken as a last resort. This book discusses the measures to be taken at each step. Further information on a particular topic and measures that require a more detailed explanation are covered in the appendices. These list the most common harmful insects in collections, with a brief description of their appearance, behaviour, the damage they cause and possible control methods.

Non-toxic pest control methods

IPM is a strategy aimed at keeping the use of harmful pesticides and methods to a minimum. This is done by taking appropriate preventive action and treating the collections responsibly. If, in spite of all efforts at prevention, insects are found and need to be controlled, a method that is non-harmful to humans, the environment and the material will be used wherever possible. Radical, toxic treatment should only be considered as a last resort. 

This publication is also available in Dutch.

Who is this publication for?

This book is for the managers of museum collections, archives and libraries.

Publishing details

Authors: Agnes W. Brokerhof, Bert van Zanen, Ko van de Watering and Henk Porck
© The Netherlands Cultural Heritage Agency, 2003