Just spoke with one of our entomologists - the best non chemical way of dealing with termites, cockroaches and silver fish is to freeze them at at least -18C for 2 days.
If the album can tolerate freezing the the bug problem should be dealt with.
Bob - Once it reaches minus 18 C here in Saskatoon I would be more than happy to come down to the Barbados and pick up the album and keep it here for a few days, It would be necessary for me to stay in Barbados for at least a week ...
Natural freezing is much better than artificial freezing - its much more archival :)
On Friday 14 November 2008 7:09:21 am BOB KISS wrote:
> DEAR LIST,
> This may be off topic but this list is an excellent source of info
> and, because my question deals with papers, some others might also like to
> know the answers.
> I have just received, in trust, three albums of photos from 1925 to
> 1961. They have some tell tale termite holes in the pages of the albums.
> I want to protect the photos and I certainly cannot afford to bring live
> termites into my home. My hope is for y'all to recommend some chemical that
> I can place in a very large zip lock baggie with each album (but not in
> contact with it), seal it for the correct amount of time to allow the chem
> to fumigate the album.
> What chemical would kill termites but not harm photos?
> Please check my website: http://www.bobkiss.com/
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