Pest Control

Pest control is a major concern for the MVZ collections. Damage to specimens can be caused by a variety of pests found in food, paper, and other materials. Dermestid beetles from the prep lab also can cause damage to specimens. Any new material brought into the museum (specimens, books, field equipment) must first be frozen for at least one to two weeks in the Prep Lab walk-in freezer (~ -25°C), then quarantined for another week, before being brought to the museum gallery or offices. The museum also has specific guidelines for food waste, conducts an annual topical spray, and has URAP students periodically check the collections for signs of pest infestations. Our comprehensive Pest Manual was created after a pest outbreak that threatened a portion of the collection.

Pest-damaged skua specimen.