Using cut flowers and potted plants in museums

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The use of plant and flower materials in museums is growing in popularity as they are increasingly opened for special events and entertaining. Museums are also using plants and flowers to decorate their own permanent displays. This carries a heightened risk of damage to museum objects from pest infestation, pollen staining and from localised increase […]

Insect pests found in historic houses poster

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A very useful identification poster from English Heritage with magnified photographs of a selection of the insect pests most commonly found in museums and historic houses in the UK. Accessibility If you need multiple copies of this poster or require an alternative, accessible version of this document (for instance in audio, Braille or large print) […]

Pest Management: A Practical Guide

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Pest Management: A Practical Guide is the essential first stop for anyone wishing to implement an effective pest management programme. For those with no previous experience of pest management this practical guide presents the basics clearly and concisely, and for those with more experience it provides an easy-reference guide to good pest management practice. It is […]

Museumpests.net

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In the past, pest management in museums and other collection holding institutions often involved regular applications of toxic chemicals to collection areas and actual collections. Health and safety concerns have led institutions to move away from this approach in favour of preventive and protective measures that are not based on chemicals. This strategy involves numerous […]

What's eating your collection?

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Developed by Birmingham Museums in partnership with the Collections Trust, What’s Eating Your Collection? is a website to help you understand what integrated pest management is, how to carry it out and how it can help you in your museum. It will also help you to identify the insects that you find and show you […]

Pest fact sheet 12: Guernsey carpet beetle

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Guernsey carpet beetle should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on […]

Pest fact sheet 10: Spider beetles

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of Spider beetles should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this page […]

Pest fact sheet 9: Booklice

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of Booklice should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this page will […]

Pest fact sheet 8: Silverfish

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of Silverfish should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this page will […]

Pest fact sheet 7: Biscuit beetle

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Biscuit beetle should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this […]

Pest fact sheet 6: Cluster flies

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of Cluster flies should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this page […]

Pest fact sheet 5: Case-bearing clothes moth

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Case-bearing clothes moth should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on […]

Pest fact sheet 4: Webbing clothes moth

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Webbing clothes moth should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on this […]

Pest fact sheet 3: Death Watch beetle

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the Death Watch beetle should your collection become affected by pests. Included are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Clicking the link on […]

Pest fact sheet 1: Varied carpet beetle

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This fact sheet can be used for identification of the varied carpet beetle should your collection become affected by pests. Included below are photographs of the adult and larva and information on the life cycle, how to spot signs of damage and the materials likely to be affected and similar species of pest. Latin name: […]