Introduction to Integrated Pest Management
This course is designed to serve as a comprehensive introduction to both the theory and practice of IPM. IPM is a strategic method for controlling pests that focuses on identifying pest populations as early as possible and reducing or eliminating conditions necessary for their survival and reproduction. IPM also strives to use the smallest possible amount of chemical pesticides by focusing on pest exclusion through behavior-oriented methods of pest management as well as practical, low-chemical solutions tailored to fit the location of the infestation. During the duration of the course, participants will learn how to identify common invertebrate, vertebrate, and fungal pests, develop an awareness for monitoring pest populations around museum collections, and in museum objects themselves, determine action thresholds, select and apply prevention and control methods, as well as many other real-world, practical skills and knowledge that can be applied to a variety of situations. Students are encouraged to bring building plans and pictures of pest damaged materials.
About the Instructor
Christa Deacy-Quinn is the Collections Manager at the University of Illinois Spurlock Museum overseeing collections care and preservation, artifact storage, packaging, transport, as well as exhibit design and installation. She is a strong advocate for low-chemical, low-cost Integrated Pest Management (IPM) systems. Christa holds an M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois, is a Certified Technician for general Use Pesticides in Illinois, a Certified Mold Remediation Worker, and her IPM program at the Spurlock has earned Green Shield Certification. She teaches museum collection preservation at the University of Illinois