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Priceless Items & Antiques Pest ControlSpecialist Pest Control for Priceless Items & Antiques in Norwich

We understand that museums, galleries, libraries, and historical houses often have large spaces with numerous entry points, making it difficult to completely seal off the premises from pests. Pests such as insects and rodents are attracted to the organic materials found in museums and historical sites such as wood, paper, and textiles, making it a constant battle to keep them away.

With our expertise in pest control management, you can rest assured that our pest control policies for museums, libraries, and art galleries are 100% tested, reliable, and discreet. We prioritise the preservation of precious artifacts, books, and artworks while effectively addressing any pest-related concerns. Let us help you maintain a pest-free and conducive space for preserving cultural treasures.

Abate is a member of the British Pest Control Association. All pest control technicians are DBS checked.

Pest Control Treatment for Priceless Items & Antiques

With the delicate nature of the items such as paintings and tapestries, certain types of pest control methods cannot be used, such as harsh chemicals or pesticides could potentially damage the items.

Our freezer trailer can rid your priceless items of invasive insects without the use of chemicals.

  • -30° to Eradicate Resilient Moths and Bedbugs
  • Specialist 10m³ Trailer Suitable for Most Items Including Furniture, Books, Curtains & Large Tapestries
  • Both Onsite Hire and Offsite Collection & Treatment Options Available
  • Environmentally Friendly - No Pesticides or Harsh Chemicals

Treating your high value items and antiques for moths, bedbugs and silverfish without the use of potentially damaging pesticides.

Benefits of Refrigerated Pest Control for Antiques and Tapestries

  • Freezer trailers provide a controlled and consistent temperature environment, which helps prevent pest infestations in antiques and tapestries and won't damage the items.
  • The low temperatures in freezer trailers can kill off any existing pests or their eggs, effectively eliminating the pest problem.
  • Using freezer trailers for pest control helps preserve the integrity and quality of the antiques and tapestries, as they do not require exposure to harmful chemicals or fumigation methods.

Which Types of Pest Issues at Libraries and Museums are Best Suited to Specialist Refrigerated Treatment?


Fabrics like tapestries, clothing, curtains, and rugs are susceptible to moth infestations, especially when stored for long periods. This poses a risk to high-value items like designer clothing, antique tapestries, and curtains. Harsh chemical treatments can damage delicate items, so a refrigerated treatment is recommended. A 10m³ trailer can accommodate most items, including rugs, tapestries, and curtains.


Old books and paper items are very vulnerable to infestation from silverfish and booklice. Prolonged exposure to freezing temperatures using our specialist treatment is an effective way to eradicate these pests without the use of harsh chemicals which could potentially damage the delicate paper.

1. Contact

Call or email us to discuss your specialist insect control requirements and we will arrange for our local technician to make a site visit.

2. Trailer Delivery

For onsite services, we will deliver the refrigerated trailer for hire, giving a recommended amount of time for treatment.

3. Collection

For offsite services, our friendly team will collect and bag up your items to carry out the treatment in our own secure yard, and returning when the treatment is complete.

4. Peace of Mind

Get peace of mind that your high value and antique items are free from invasive pests, stopping any damage in its tracks.

Pest Prevention in Museums and Galleries

We specialise in pest prevention in museums and galleries, offering comprehensive and tailored pest control solutions for delicate artefacts and antiquities. Our integrated pest management in museums ensures effective protection against pests, utilising GPS museum pest traps and controlled atmosphere treatments to safeguard precious artifacts.

Common Pests Found in Museums and Art Galleries

  • Insects such as beetles, moths, and silverfish are common pests found in museums and art galleries.
  • Rodents like mice and rats can also be a problem, as they can chew through artwork and cause damage.
  • Birds and bats can sometimes enter the premises and leave droppings, which can be unsightly and cause damage to artwork and artifacts.

Why is it Important to Eliminate Pests from Museums and Art Galleries

It is crucial to implement effective pest control measures at museums and art galleries to protect and preserve the cultural heritage, ensure the well-being of individuals, and maintain the integrity of these institutions.

  • Pests can cause significant damage to valuable artwork and artifacts.
  • Pests can pose a threat to the health and safety of visitors and staff.
  • The presence of pests can tarnish the reputation and credibility of the institution.
  • Effective pest control measures protect cultural heritage, ensure well-being, and maintain institutional integrity.

Pest Prevention in Libraries

When it comes to treating pests in libraries, it is essential to consider the unique nature of the environment. Traditional pest control methods may not be suitable for libraries due to the sensitive materials present. Therefore, it is recommended to opt for non-toxic and environmentally friendly pest control solutions.

Common Pests Found in Libraries

  • Booklice: These tiny insects feed on mould and fungi found in books and can cause damage to paper and bindings.
  • Silverfish: Silverfish are nocturnal pests that thrive in dark, damp environments. They feed on paper, glue, and starches found in books and can cause significant damage.
  • Moths: Moths are attracted to natural fibres like wool and silk, which are commonly found in book bindings. They lay eggs that hatch into larvae that feed on these materials.
  • Cockroaches: Cockroaches are attracted to the food crumbs and organic matter that can accumulate in libraries. They can damage books by feeding on bindings and pages.

Why it’s Important to Eliminate Pests from Libraries

Pests in libraries can cause damage to books and documents, pose health risks, and create an unsanitary environment. Eliminating pests is important for preserving valuable information, ensuring a healthy environment, and promoting the accessibility of knowledge and culture.

  • Pests can cause damage to books, manuscripts, and other valuable materials in libraries.
  • Pests can spread diseases and bacteria, posing a health risk to library staff and visitors.
  • Eliminating pests from libraries helps to maintain a clean and hygienic environment.
  • By preventing pest infestations, libraries can ensure the longevity and preservation of their collections.
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