Museums across the world are fighting a constant battle to preserve their collections, often competing with an abundance of pesky pests.
Museums, and their collections, particularly those of plant or animal origin, are incredibly vulnerable to attack by pests. The nooks and crannies of the Auckland Museum building provide perfect hiding places for a number of different pests.
Many of the insect pests found in the Museum are the same as insects you would find at home such as moths that live in your wardrobe, or weevils in your pantry. However, the objects that are stored and displayed in the Museum are irreplaceable, and preventing pests is essential to ensure the longevity of our collections.
Image: Auckland Museum's Famous Five, Auckland War Memorial Museum