I started this at USNM in 1995 after some research. I gave a couple talks at ECN a while ago about freezing. Minus 25C will kill anything we need to worry about. No need to bag
or repeat freeze - cellulose will reabsorb any moisture. But after freezing do leave drawers, etc. out for enough time for them to re-acclimate - don't open them.
We also talk about this in the Entomology Collections Management Workshop.
We are receiving some major donations, some of which have had some dermestid damage. We have regular freezers as well as an ultra-low freezer. Does anybody know of adverse effects of putting drawers of specimens in an ultra-low freezer before the drawer
is brought into museum?
-- Richard L. Brown
Mississippi Entomological Museum
Dept. Biochemistry, Molecular Biology,
Entomology & Plant Pathology
Box 9775 (100 Old Highway 12)
Mississippi State, MS 39762