cleaned; closely monitor stained tapestries, clothing,
Originally, these insects were scavengers in
furniture coverings, and stuffings. Review records
mammal and birds nests, dead vertebrate bodies, and
regularly, and provide educational programs to
seeds. When humans began using these materials as
curatorial staff and those in textile storage businesses.
food and clothing, the pests came too. Fabric pests
destroy textiles, tapestries, and carpets in museums,
clothing in homes, and furs in warehouses and stores;
these are often both expensive and unique products.
Fabrics made of wool9 furs and feathers, are
The pests do not thrive in cleaned textiles and wool
attacked by a few species of beetles and moths that can
because they need certain vitamins produced by fungi
consume a protein called keratin. These pests also
found along with stains of perspiration, urine, and
consume grains, leather, meat, and horn as well as
human food; added to this is a requirement for
dead insect skeletons.
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