|This was the culprit responsible for the latest call. My first task was to identify it, so I took photos of it before I ensured that it wouldn’t be crawling anywhere else in my museum! It was an Oriental Cockroach or Blatta orientalis.|
|Books contain several potential sources of food – the leather or fabric covers, the paper pages, and the glue.|
|This wood ankle splint and its leather straps would also be attractive to cockroaches and other insect pests.|Though a glass bottle would not be vulnerable to insect damage, the paper label, glue, and cork on this one could be attractive to them.
The label indicates that this medicine bottle held morphine sulphate, which was used as a pain-killer.
|This is a paper packet was found in a Confederate drug kit and contains “Liquorice”. The paper, the cotton string, and the powdered plant material contained inside the packet would all be vulnerable to insects.|
|You can see the insect damage done to the leather and hair covering of this field medical kit. This is why is it so important for me to take all possible precautions to keep insect pests out of the museum!|