Pests Threaten Valuable Museum Displays

For decades, museums all over the world have combated a serious pest management issue–numerous displays formed of everything from wood to feathers to cloth to leather have suffered or been completely destroyed by a wide variety of insects munching on the materials. In olden days, museums used to employ toxic metals, such as mercury or arsenic, as preservative that would also kill any insects attempt to eat the displays. However, as health and safety standards have modernized, those toxic metals are no longer employed, forcing museum officials and storage services to discover new ways to employ pest management. M

The most pernicious museum and storage pest include carpet beetles, silverfish, moths, and termites. Such a wide range of pests can force a wider range of treatment attempts–effective enough to kill off both eggs, larvae, and adults while also not damaging the displays or valuables involved. This can include freezing, environmental regulation, and poisoning displays with insecticides that don’t impair the integrity of the museum displays themselves. Moths and termites remain the top threats to museums and stored valuables to this day, but there are steps you can take to protect yourself from their ravenous hunger.

Protect Stored Valuables from Pests


1. Clean Before Storing

Beetles, moths, and termites may very well have already laid eggs or are hiding among your valuables, be they clothes, jewelry, art, or antiques worthy of a museum. Before storage, be sure to thoroughly clean everything so you aren’t packing the pests away with your items.

2. Seal Your Valuables

If valuables are simply packed away or put on display without being contained or wrapped properly, this can easily leave them vulnerable to pests. Use anti-pest boxes, wrapping, boxes, or even safes so they aren’t left exposed even when put away.

3. Choose Proper Storage

Any proper storage facility, whether for a museum, commercial, or personal usage should have proper anti-pest methodologies in place. This can include environmental management to avoid humidity build-up, regular pest technician sweeps, and storage units that are fully sealed against outside invasion.

4. Form Containment Barriers

Once the items are sealed and the storage unit locked up, employ external pest management techniques such as insecticide sprays and powders around all edges of the openings and surrounding ground. This can help repel insects, rodents, and other pests before they can even reach and threaten the valuables inside.

Contact OmniShield today to learn more about commercial pest management.