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Hello everyone,

A curator is considering bringing in an archival collection consisting of
paper and media materials that was treated for a bed bug infestation with
diatomaceous earth 10+ years ago.  We don't have much information on how
the treatment was implemented.  The problems with diatomaceous earth
residue on collections materials aside, is it an effective means of
treatment?  Information on how long bed bugs and their eggs can remain
dormant and how to best assess the efficacy of the remediation would also
be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Jessica Pace

Preventive Conservator
Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department
NYU Libraries
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2518

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