Course:4: Housing Your Collections
Lesson:Lesson 1: Assessing and Improving Your Building
Topic:Pest Control


Pest Control 

Insects and rodents arenít popular in most quarters, and they certainly arenít welcome in archival records storage areas.  

Pests are attracted to the components of archival materials--cellulose, paste, glue, sizing, emulsions, and adhesives. Pests are also attracted to food and drink and plants. So keep these out of storage areas and keep the storage areas clean.  

If you have insects and rodents in your storage areas, try to get rid of them naturally--using traps and thorough housecleaning--before resorting to chemicals. The chemicals contained in sprays and repellents can be damaging to historical records. If you have no other choice, make sure that your records are protected from the spray by storing them in boxes with plastic sheeting over them. Donít spray anything directly on the boxes. 

Below is an example of insect damage to a map.

damaged paper

close-up of insect
Unwelcome visitors.