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What causes pest damage?
Think you're the only one interested in a good dinner and a comfortable home? Think again! Pests of all kinds-from insects to rodents-would love a chance to dwell inside your walls and nibble on the things you love. Pests are looking for food, shelter, and water. If just one of these needs is interrupted, their ability to survive in your home is usually compromised.
How do you prevent infestation?
Conservators want to make sure museum objects don't end up in the wrong hands-or mouths! They follow an approach known as Integrated Pest Management, IPM for short. IPM is a holistic system that controls pests through monitoring, good housekeeping, and the focused use of the least toxic treatments.
You can practice IPM at home if you:
Heating or freezing an insect infested object is usually the first approach. Conservators will also modify the atmosphere around an object to remove the oxygen and suffocate an insect pest. Trapping and excluding rodents from an infested area is a very effective strategy.
Not all insects are "pests." Using a targeted program like IPM, you will not eliminate all insects, just the ones that threaten your belongings.
More things you can do at home:
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