Wednesday, October 04, 2006
acrylic on panel
Protecting Drawings from Insects
Paper contains ingredients, such as gelatin and glue sizing, wood pulp and flour paste, which are appealing to insects. Cockroaches, silverfish, termites and woodworms are the most common destroyers of paper. Silverfish love dark places and can make nice little homes inside frames as they nibble on sizing and wood pulp. Termites and woodworms like anything made of cellulose, as well as wood, so a rag paper picture in a wood frame is susceptible. Cockroaches can cause damage to paper by eating glue sizing or any painting media containing sugar.
To help prevent infestation of harmful insects:
Clean picture frames regularly.
Never store works of art in dark, damp places such as basements or attics.
Use screens on windows and doors to minimize insects.
Use powdered or aerosol insecticides if signs of insects appear.