Integrated Pest Management

Ref: M2D13592

Location: West Dean
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About this course

This workshop will give guidance on how to deal with insect pest problems likely to be encountered in museums, collections, archives and historic houses. It will focus on insects and the damage they cause, together with new information on the detection, monitoring and trapping of pests. The emphasis is on pest-prevention as the key to successful integrated pest management, but this workshop will also evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of physical and chemical control measures.
Practical sessions will include: identification of insect damage and insect pests; carrying out a survey to examine factors which encourage pests; evaluating issues relating to treatment of objects using freezing, heating and anoxia.

Course Description

At the end of the workshop, you will be able to:  identify the main insect pests; understand the life cycles of pests and what they eat; identify environmental factors which encourage pests; understand the need for monitoring and the way trap results are used; know the correct course of action to take when pests are found; evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of control options; develop and implement an integrated pest management programme for your collections.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Course handouts
  • Practical exercise worksheets and answers
  • Pest identification poster

What students need to bring

Insects for identification
Any case studies on insect pest issues that participants are prepared to share. The issues do not need to be resolved - the group will help to find a solution.

Available to buy

Participants may find it helpful to have a copy of:
"Pests in Houses Great and Small" Pinniger and Lauder, English Heritage, 2018, or "Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage" Pinniger,  Archetype Publications, 2015


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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