Advanced integrated pest management

Experienced conservators and entomologists teach strategies in depth, including identifying problem insects. 

On this specialist course, experienced conservators and entomologists will demonstrate how the Natural History Museum’s strategy works in practice.

About this course

Building on the Museum’s one-day course, this three-day course looks in depth at how to embed pest management into collection care processes.

The course will be delivered from the Museum, which provides a rich physical environment to apply learning as it features both the historic Waterhouse building and The Darwin Centre - a recent new build constructed with pest management integrated into the design.

The course will be led by our pest management team with input from our conservation team and entomologists from our Life Sciences department. It will be structured, participative and stimulating.

Delegates will get printed course materials which will be used on the day and can be taken away for future reference.

  • Course contents

    This one day course will cover:

    • the principles of integrated pest management
    • identifying pests and looking at the damage that they cause
    • focussed session on insect pests
    • focussed session on rodent pests
    • monitoring and controlling the museum environment including housekeeping, food management and risk zones
    • monitoring pests in the museum
    • integrated pest management in building design
    • quarantine and treatment facilities
    • case studies and tours of the Natural History Museum to see pest management in action
    • a chance to discuss and get feedback on pest management issues at your institution
  • Outcomes

    By the end of this course delegates will be equipped with the skills and ability to:

    • explain the principles of integrated pest management
    • identify common pests found in the UK and explain the damage they cause
    • define the optimum conditions for pest management and explain ways to control and monitor the environment
    • articulate to project teams and contractors how pest management can be incorporated into building design
    • write their own pest management implementation plan for their institution.


Contact the Training and Development team on +44 (0)207 942 6182 or email us.

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Course details

  • at the Natural History Museum
  • three day course 
  • £1,175
  • concession price available

Who is it for?

  • individuals who are responsible for the care of collections and pest management at their institution