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close this bookStudy on Integrated Pest Management for Libraries and Archives (UNESCO, 1988)
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Open this folder and view contentsMajor pests of libraries and archives: their habits and life histories
Open this folder and view contentsRecognition of damage caused by pests in libraries, archives, and their collections
Open this folder and view contentsManagement of library and archival pests
Open this folder and view contentsApplication of integrated pest management to library, archival, and collection pest problems
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Final observations on costs and benefits

This study places strong emphasis on the need for library personnel to inspect, maintain, and implement measures designed to prevent pest infestation at the facility. In-house staff are intimately familiar with the organization of -the library, the layout of the facility, management of the collections, and the desire to implement common sense approaches to prevention rather than chemical control of outbreaks. With a minimum investment in training and direction, the in-house staff can put together an IPM program that meets the needs of the institution for minimal cost.

Library personnel will rely on the professional pest control industry to implement specific aspects of the program as well as to provide input into some of the technical aspects of pest prevention and control. The ultimate decision-making processes, implementation, control, and oversight of the program should be in the hands of the Pest Control Committee and library management.