The Gogganheim? Bug infestations surged during lockdown. Here's how museums are fighting back

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Oliver Mack, head of the Institute for Art Technology and Conservation at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and chief restorer, points to the damage caused by woodworm to a sculpture of the "Holy Virgin". Art treasures in the museum are a found food for insects. (Photo by Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty Images)
Oliver Mack, head of the Institute for Art Technology and Conservation at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum and chief restorer, points to the damage caused by woodworm to a sculpture of the "Holy Virgin". Art treasures in the museum are a found food for insects. (Photo by Daniel Karmann/picture alliance via Getty Images)

From our everyday rituals to the carefully planned instances, life as we know it came to a halt in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Along with schools, workplaces, borders, restaurants, cultural institutions like galleries and museums were forced to close their doors indefinitely. 

With doors firmly shut, unvisited museums gave pests the most favourable conditions to live, breed and multiply in.

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