As part of the Annual NHM Integrated Pest Management Awareness
2.30pm - 4.00pm
Flett Lecture Theatre, NHM, South Kensington London, SW7 5BD
Armando Mendez, Suzanne Ryder and David A. Smith from the Natural History Museum
Regular trapping and periodical inspections alerted Natural History Museum’s IPM Group to a rise in the number of webbing clothes moths, Tineola bisselliella, in the Museum’s Mammal corridor in late 2010. This awareness led to the combined use of pheromone lure traps and a new visual display of trapping data. This was used with the collections management system KE-EMu to closely follow the evolution of the infestation.
At the time, a rodent infestation was discovered in a Museum themed gallery, quite distant from the original moth infestation. However, in this rodent location, Tineola moths were also discovered in textile materials contaminated by rodents. The use of pheromone traps and digital cameras proved that both infestations were linked and that there was a strong possibility that the moths were thriving in the welcoming environment created by the rodents. The pests were using under-floor ventilation ducts to move around the Museum’s public galleries, posing a threat to the Mammal specimens on display in those galleries.
To deal with the problems, the Museum’s IPM group coordinated the efforts of several teams to apply remedies based on IPM principles and best practice.Housekeeping, Design & Installation and Estates maintenance teams are working together, coordinated by the IPM group, to control this infestation. A trial of a new pheromone distraction product is also underway.
- The seminar is open to all museum professionals. We welcome colleagues from other institutions who would find the seminar of interest. There is no booking fee and only large parties need to notify the organiser for catering purposes.
- NHM staff from Science Group and Public Engagement Group are encouraged to attend, whether managers, collections management staff or those who work with and use collections or manage staff who work with collections.
Tea and coffee will be available in the seminar room lobby area after the talk.
Suggestions for seminar speakers are always most welcome. Please contact the organiser Clare Valentine (firstname.lastname@example.org
NHM, Collection Management Seminar (see NHM Website for further details on how to attend http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/seminars-events/index.html).