The December 10, 2019 Preservation Interest Group meeting on integrated pest management was attended by 7 people representing 7 mostly Capital District institutions. One attendee was from West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
Facilitator Ann C. Kearney led a discussion on how to reduce and combat insects, rodents, and other unwanted members of the animal kingdom in your library, archives or museum.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 9:30 am - 11:00 am at CDLC. Topic to be determined, but several attendees suggested mold as a potential topic.
Integrated Pest Management - Method is to do everything you can to protect against pest before introducing chemicals to the area. Steps include:
If you find evidence of pests:
Evidence of Pests
Often don't see pests, just evidence that they are around, such as "sawdust" which is actually decaying bodies and excrement of insects. Eaten pages or pages that have worn away in a lacey pattern. The latter is usually evidence of silverfish.
Monitor insects with sticky traps that are meant to alert to the presence of bugs. Do NOT use traps with bait if just monitoring. These can attract bugs from outside the building.
Actually seeing bugs. Try to catch and put in bottle for later identification. Do not brush bugs off of items, as this may cause damage to the items. Instead, try to get the bug to crawl onto a blank piece of paper and then put into a bottle.
Ways to limit pests:
Do NOT recommend natural remedies like lavender because they may attract different insects.