Integrated Pest Management
Instructor: Christa Deacy-Quinn
Date: New dates coming soon!
The course will focus on behavior- and facility-oriented methods of conducting integrated pest management, with heavy emphasis on low-chemical, practical solutions. Topics covered include: basic identification of common invertebrate and vertebrate pests; developing an awareness of pest populations in and near museum facilities; determining action thresholds; infestation control methods (both for buildings and in collections); how to choose a pest management professional; infestation prevention methods; and health hazards relating to infesting pests and pest control efforts. Participants will engage in institution-specific integrated pest management problem solving. The course will involve lectures, lab work, and group discussion. Lab work will include hands-on identification and building evaluation. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring examples or evidence of pests or pest damage in their institution’s building or collections (photographs, damaged non-collections items, and/or invertebrate pest specimens; please do not bring live examples!). Participants should bring photographs of their building(s), and are encouraged to bring building floor plans or maps.
Christa Deacy-Quinn holds a M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois and a B.A. in Anthropology and Museum Studies from SUNY-Oswego. She has been in the museum field for over twenty-five years and has served as the Collections Manager at the Spurlock Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign since 1991.
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As Collections Manager, Christa specializes in collections care and preservation, artifact storage, packaging, transport, exhibit design, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). She is a strong advocate for low-chemical, low-cost IPM solutions. She has conducted preservation-focused workshops that address IPM and has consulted with numerous institutions on developing or expanding their IPM programs. She has designed a number of databases in use at the Spurlock, including those that help staff to track the occurrence of pests within the museum and that monitor the general condition of the artifacts. She is a Certified Technician for General Use Pesticides in Illinois and a Certified Mold Remediation Worker.
She is active in the field of preservation serving as a Peer Reviewer for the Museum Assessment Program for the American Association of Museums and as a member of the Preservation Working Group at the University of Illinois. She is a faculty associate at Willowbank School of Restoration Arts in Ontario, Canada. In addition, since 2010 she has been an instructor in the Museum Studies program at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and has, on a bi-annual basis, taught the MUSE 420: Collections Management Preserving the Physical Integrity of Museum Collections