Integrated Pest Management (IPM)


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About IPM

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a proactive program, utilizing techniques that minimize or even eliminate the use of chemicals, that is designed to determine whether there is a pest problem
that needs to be addressed or whether there are buildings maintenance or operation issues that need to be improved to reduce the likelihood of an infestation in the future.

IPM is preferred to chemical spraying for several reasons. First and foremost, researchers are discovering that a wide variety of chemicals found in pesticides can have a disruptive effect on a person’s
neurological, respiratory, immune, and endocrine systems, even at relatively low dosages. Decreased use of chemical application will reduce risks to the health of staff members. Also, pesticides, particularly
those in oil-based solutions, will chemically interact with paper, film and digital media. Decreased use of chemical applications will reduce the risk of deterioration and disfigurement of holdings.

The Preservation department has been conducting IPM monitoring activities in several special collections library spaces since 2007.
For more information, please visit the our full IPM website.


For questions about the IPM program please contact the Miriam Centeno,