Stressed About Pests? Integrated Pest Management for Heritage Preservation Professionals

February 28 - March 1, 2019
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
Instructors: Rachael Perkins Arenstein and Pat Kelley
Organizer: Emily Hamilton

2017 WUDPAC Workshop

Integrated Pest Management is now considered an essential component of a well-rounded preventive care policy. Preventing pest damage is better for collections and, over time, more cost effective than treating an infestation. Co-taught by a pest management professional and a conservator, this workshop is appropriate for a range of museum, library, and archive professionals including conservators, facility staff, collection managers, registrars, librarians, and archivists.

Insects and vertebrate pests can do irreversible damage to objects of historic and artistic value. Preventing such damage is an essential element of best practice in collection care and requires the design and implementation of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) policy and plan. This workshop will introduce participants to multiple aspects of IPM: policy and procedure; preventing infestation; trapping and monitoring; remedial treatment; basic pest identification. It is designed for staff at institutions which need to establish or improve an IPM program but would be useful for anyone wanting to refresh basic IPM knowledge. Familiarity with concepts will be developed through a combination of lectures, discussions and hands-on exercises.

Workshop participants will learn to:

  • Identify stakeholders in their institutions to involve in setting up a successful IPM program
  • Understand which policies and procedures set the groundwork for successful implementation
  • Survey a building envelope and collection areas to identify locations vulnerable to entry and infestation
  • Determine the types and placement of traps to monitor collection areas
  • Identify common museum pests
  • Work effectively with a pest management professional
  • Understand the options for museum appropriate treatment of pest infestations and what is needed to implement them


This workshop is now full. To be placed on the wait list, contact

The fee for this course is $299 for AIC members; $399 for non-AIC members. Limited to 18 participants.

FAIC's registration policies for professional development programs can be found here.

About the Instructors

Pat Kelley, the Vice President of Insects Limited, has over 30 years of experience in professional pest management. He is a Board-Certified Entomologist with a MS in Entomology from the University of Nebraska. He currently heads the IPM strategies for several large museums and is a consultant to the museum industry on pest management issues performing training and lecturing for museums and historic houses all around the United States and Europe.  He is the Chair of the Identification Aids subgroup for the Integrated Pest Management Working Group.  and co-author of a chapter on Pheromones in the Mallis Handbook of Pest Control, 10th Ed.

Rachael Perkins Arenstein is a partner in A.M. Art Conservation, LLC a private practice in the New York area with a specialization in preventive care.  She has implemented and conducted IPM programs in institutions of various sizes in the U.S. and abroad.  She worked on the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian Move Project and its extensive pest management program from 2001-2004.  She is a founding member and current Co-Chair of the Integrated Pest Management Working Group which created and supports the website and the PestList listserv.  She has held positions at the Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem, NMAI, the Peabody Museum of Art & Archaeology, the American Museum of Natural History amongst others. Her conservation degree is from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London.


FAIC has arranged for a block at the Park Central Hotel, which is located a few blocks from SFMOMA. Participants will received a confirmation email following registration with information on how to reserve a room in the room block. Please note that this information is provided for the convenience of out of town participants, and AIC/FAIC and SFMOMA in no way endorse this business.


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  Without support, the registration fee for this workshop would be $500. FAIC relies on your contributions to support these and its many other programs.

Funding for this program comes from the Foundation of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Endowment for Professional Development, which was created by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is supported by donations from members of the American Institute for Conservation and its friends. Courses are made possible with the assistance of many AIC members, but no AIC membership dues were used to create or present this course.

Contact: Sarah Saetren, Education Coordinator

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