Pests can cause damage to organic artefacts such as textiles,
paper and wood as they eat away the materials from which artefacts
They can also cause staining and leave harmful residues and
debris behind. Pests can leave unsightly holes on artefacts as they
eat through them.
Insect pests are most active and therefore damaging during their
larval stage as larva exist as eating machines and can be extremely
difficult to detect.
- keep display and storage areas clean all the time.
- inspect your artefacts and their environs regularly.
- isolate an infested artefact from the others before the
infestation spreads by sealing it in a polyethylene bag.
- inspect new artefacts every time you acquire them to make sure
that they are not infested. New artefacts should be quarantined for
a period of time to identify potential problems.