Historic New England offers fumigation treatment to protect collections from pests
HAVERHILL, MASS. – JANUARY 2013 – Historic New England offers an upgraded controlled atmospheric treatment service as a safe and effective method for protecting museum and private collections from pest infestations. It is the only museum offering this treatment to clients in the region.
During the treatment, carbon dioxide gas displaces oxygen to eliminate all stages of the insect life-cycle: adults, larvae, pupae, and eggs. Unlike some methods of treatment using highly toxic chemicals and fumigants, carbon dioxide is an inert gas safe for all types of museum objects and completely safe for human handling immediately after treatment. Historic New England maintains museum standards in climate control throughout treatment so that the objects are not exposed to extreme changes in temperature or relative humidity. This process has been safely used in the widest range of materials since 1992.
Historic New England offers this treatment service for a fee to other museums, institutions, and private clients. For information on cost, treatment time, delivery, and pick up, visit our website or contact Collections Technician Adam Osgood at 617-994-6637 or AOsgood@HistoricNewEngland.org.
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