Museum Pests & Damage


Inspection of incoming material such as new acquisitions and loan returns can reduce infestation of collections.


Silverfish attack books, paper, cardboard and a range of textiles.


Cockroaches cause damage directly by eating objects, but can also stain materials by regurgitating on the object’s surface.

Cigarette beetles

Cigarette beetle and herbarium/drugstore beetles can infest a wide range of materials, including natural history and herbarium specimens.

Carpet beetles & hide beetles

Carpet beetles and hide beetles attack a wide range of artefact material including textiles and natural history specimens.