Integrated Pest Management

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Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is the current standard for monitoring and controlling pest populations in library, archives, and museum settings without the use of pesticides or other measures harmful to humans or collections materials.

The first step of an IPM program is to monitor and identify the pest species present in order to determine whether or not more extensive pest control actions are necessary and, if so, which are most appropriate. In conjunction with regular environmental monitoring, a successful IPM program highlights potential problem areas and provides concrete data for future planning.
The Preservation Department monitors all library facilities, setting pest traps, collecting data, and submitting regular reports with recommendations to Library Facilities in order to address a variety of housekeeping and facilities maintenance issues.