• Inside the Lincoln Sitting Room

    Lincoln Home

    National Historic Site Illinois

Insects, Spiders, Centipedes, Millipedes

Nature and Science

Termite damage

Located in an urban setting, visitors to Lincoln Home National Historic Site encounter many of the same insects you could find in any mid-western back yard: common black ant, fireflies, or ladybugs. Less common sightings might include butterflies, praying mantises, or the cicada-killer wasp (Sphecius speciosus). However, with a park emphasis that includes the maintenance of historic structures, Lincoln Home National Historic Site experiences conflicts with the indigenous insect population not present in a natural setting. While perfectly innocuous in their natural habitats, insects like termites, carpenter ants, carpet beetles, silverfish, and the omnipresent cockroach, pose a significant risk to the historic resources. To protect these sensitive and invaluable resources, these threats are monitored and controlled.

Did You Know?

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Lincoln never returned to the family home in Springfield after the death of Abraham Lincoln. She instead lived in Chicago and in Europe until returning to her sister's house in Springfield later in life. Lincoln Home National Historic Site, Illinois