Posted by on January 18, 2018

Famous museums like The Met have pest control measures in placeArt galleries contain a treasure trove of paintings, sketches, drawings, sculptures, and mixed artwork that may cost up to million dollars each. The more sensational and famous the artwork is, the more valuable it is. Security cameras and alarms even protect these types of pieces, so having a heist is more than unlikely—although it still happens.

One type of heist that go under people’s noses and that which cannot be captured by security cameras is pest invasion. There is a great deal of time and effort being put into protecting galleries. But many times, galleries forget the most crucial thing, and that is, to protect the artworks being housed by the museum. And when it is too late, no amount of chemicals can hinder the growth and spread of pests around the gallery.

For one, museums carry lots of artworks, both displayed and kept in the storage. Pests love to stay in an environment like this, which is full of files, canvasses, textiles, and boxes. The lights are dim, and there isn’t much sunlight that comes into galleries to protect the exhibits. Pests love the dark, too, which is how it is in many galleries around the world.

For sure, large museums like The Louvre in Paris, the British Museum in London, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York have professional teams that regularly do check-ups on the artworks. They manage commercial pest control treatments to ensure that galleries are safe from possible pest invasions. Large museums can afford to have these experts because of their large budgets. They receive lots of support from the biggest names in business and politics. Therefore, they can afford to do all the necessary precautions for the safety of the gallery.

If you are managing a local museum and you do not have a large budget for operations, you must be wise with how you do pest control treatments. You don’t want to keep on doing treatments, so it is worth your while to invest in long-term solutions.

Here are some tips for local art galleries on how they can implement budget-friendly pest control treatments:

Expensive artworks are often restored and maintained regularly1. Invest in artwork protection

It is worth your time and resources to invest in protecting each artwork. It means, applying chemicals, as appropriate, to art pieces before displaying them. Protection must not only be applied to the artwork itself, but also to the gallery housing these items. For this, you need a professional exterminator whose expertise is on artworks. The goal here is to protect the items for as long as you can, so you don’t have to do treatments when you do preventive conservation methods.

2. Be strict with your no food and drink policy

The reason why some galleries succumb to pests is due to visitors not taking the “No food and drinks” policy seriously. We all know that food is a big attractor of pests, and you don’t want all your efforts to be in vain just because of irresponsible visitors. So, make sure that the gallery is strict with this policy. Have people check visitors’ bags, and instruct those with food and drinks to leave them at the baggage counter.

These are some of the budget-friendly pest control treatments that local art galleries can follow. The most important thing is protection because once a pest invasion occurs, it will end up being costlier and way more challenging to treat.


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