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Museum Pest Control Services

Museums, historic houses and historic buildings along with the artefacts and antiquities within are vulnerable to a wide range of pest problems. Rats and mice along with museum insect pests like silverfish and cockroaches can cause damage to wooden objects or furniture as well as other soft organic materials like artwork, textiles or books. When museum collections and museum objects are damaged by pests this can be costly for your establishment to repair. 

Here at VermEx, we provide a professional and individually tailored pest control solution designed to protect and conserve antiquities from pest problems. By implementing specialist products and techniques, we can remove and prevent any pest problems while ensuring minimal risk to the delicate items in your museum, gallery or historic building. If you think you might have a pest problem within your museum get in touch with a commercial pest control company like VermEx for quick and effective pest prevention to keep your premises pest-free and ensure museum collection care.

    Common Pests Found in Museums

    Museums, galleries and historic buildings can present a multitude of living areas, crevices and food sources for common pests to thrive. From rats and mice that can gnaw wooden structures like shelving and casings and textile matters like artwork and books. Insects like silverfish and moths can also destroy books, delicate materials and even clothing.

    Within our time in the pest control industry, we’ve dealt with a wide range of problems caused by common pests found throughout museums and historic buildings. Over time we have developed a reputation for fast and effective pest control in accordance with the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

    We’re capable of dealing with a wide range of common pests you may find throughout your museum including;


    Ants are incredible creatures when outside, however, ants within your museum can lead to a number of problems with the adaptable creature capable of surviving in a range of different conditions. Ants can get into food and contaminate food preparation areas with dirt and bacteria posing a threat to public health.

    Signs of Pest: Ant Sightings, Sawdust Trails, Damaged Wooden Structures, Rustling in Walls

    Wasps & Bees

    Wasps can be a persistent pest that can pose a health risk to the public if found to be nesting within your building. They're capable of breeding quickly and if not treated quickly and effectively they may become a real problem as they can sting unprovoked.

    Signs of Pest: Wasp Sightings, Larvae, Buzzing Sounds, Damaged Wood


    There are more than 7,000 existing species of flies within the UK. Despite their short life cycle, flies can multiply quickly and soon become a major problem. Flies can contaminate food preparation areas spreading diseases and pathogens posing a major risk to the health of staff and students.

    Signs of Pest: Regular Fly Sightings, Maggots, Small Dark Spot Clusters on Walls

    Rats & Mice

    Rats and mice are capable of causing excessive damage to buildings with their gnawing and can damage textiles in search of nesting materials. Both mice and rats breed quickly and can multiply rapidly if the problem isn't adequately dealt with in time. Rats and mice can also carry a number of diseases like hantavirus, salmonella and more which they can pass to the public through direct contact or contamination of food storage areas.

    Signs of Pest: Droppings, Gwaning Damage, Shredded material, Disturbed Food


    Cockroaches are known carriers of diseases such as salmonella and can present a significant health risk to staff and students as they aim to infiltrate food supplies and contaminate preparation areas. Cockroaches are tough species of insect and their ability to breed makes them difficult to remove when established.

    Signs of Pest: Unusual Smell, Droppings & Smears Marks on Horizontal Surfaces

    Birds & Pigeons

    Pigeons and birds can become a nuisance with their attempt to find nesting places throughout your building. Not only can they spread diseases like Ornithosis and E.coli but they can also make a mess and damage the structural integrity of buildings as they try to find areas to nest. If they find their way.

    Signs of Pest: Nesting Birds, Noise from Birds, Droppings, Nest Debris


    There are numerous species of moth and moth larvae that can cause damage to clothing and carpets and even contaminate food. Moth larvae will eat fabrics, furniture and any fibres they can find causing substantial damage to delicate as they feed on leaving unwanted holes and costly damage to museum collections.

    Signs of Pest: Holes in fabric, larvae present, adult moths flying, larvae castings on fabrics

    Other Pests

    We're able to help prevent and remove a range of other pests like silverfish, wood-boring beetles, booklice, furniture beetles, carpet beetles and more that can cause damage throughout your museum environment.

    Pest Control Process


    Get in Touch
    Contact our expert team and let us know what your problem is – we can even offer you a free no-obligation quote and survey.


    Once we’ve established the problem, we’ll send out a qualified team to perform the survey of your premises in order to further investigate your pest problem.



    Once we’ve identified the problem you’re suffering from, we can organise a time to start treatment of your museum or historic building, ensuring we humanely and quickly remove the problem.


    Follow-up Care
    Once we have treated your property, we will regularly inspect and monitor the premises for any future infestations.

    VermEx is a family run pest control company with over 30 years of experience in providing a professional pest control service to commercial clients across the North of England, including Manchester, York & Leeds. As experts in pest control, we can quickly and effectively react to any infestation in your home or business and provide an individually tailored solution that suits all your needs.

    Prevent Future Reinfestation

    We can discreetly install a range of insect traps like sticky traps and pheromone traps to help prevent and catch pests like moths and silverfish. We can ensure the appropriate treatments are used in order to combat the problem you are facing – after all, there’s not much use to pest traps that aren’t designed for the pest you’re dealing with. We can also ensure traps won’t cause any harm to other pests as we aim to ensure the ethical removal of pests from your premises. For example, ensuring sticky traps are bat-proof to minimise the chances of bats becoming trapped.

    VermEx is able to combat any pest infestations you may be dealing with helping you to save money on damage caused to your items or building. We’re also able to provide you with advice on spotting signs from droppings to access points preventing future reinfestation as well as setting effective control measures. Need help monitoring the problem to ensure it doesn’t return? We can also offer regular monitoring and inspections of your premises in order to ensure there are no more pest outbreaks.

    Accredited Pest Control Expert

    We have worked hard during our time within the pest control industry and have become accredited pest control experts. Along the way, we have also become a proud member of both the British Pest Control Association and National Pest Technicians Association thanks to our excellent work in providing both domestic and commercial pest control services. Our BPCA qualified technicians can provide high-quality and friendly pest control as well as advice on preventative measures.


    Other Pest Control Services

    In addition to our commercial pest control services, we also provide the following commercial services to help combat pest activity and prevent reinfestation:

    • Regular Inspections & Monitoring
    • Installation of Bird Control & Proofing Measures
    • Field Biologist/Entomologist Inspections and Audits
    • Help Achieving BRC (British Retail Consortium) Standards
    • Fumigation Services
    • Removal of Bird Waste & Graffiti
    • Supply & Fitting of Insect Screens & Electronic Fly Killers to Prevent Insect Activity
    • Vegetation and Weed Removal
    • Fly-Tipping Removals
    • Cleaning & Spraying of Refuse Bins

    Museum Pest Control - Frequently Asked Questions

    Museum pests are treated using a range of specialist products and techniques, which can provide individually tailored pest control solutions to help remove and prevent any pest problems while ensuring minimal risk to the delicate items in your museum, gallery or historic building.

    Get in Touch

    Got a pest problem within your museum, gallery or historic establishment that needs looking at? Show us the pest and we’ll do the rest, with our free quote with no obligation before any work is carried out as well as our free site survey for commercial properties. If you notice any signs of pest activity or an insect infestation, don’t hesitate to get in touch with VermEx for quick and effective pest control call-outs.

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