Insect Identification

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Whether you are concerned about the potential for an insect to cause harm to you, your home or the environment, or if you are simply curious to know what species an insect is, the Insect Identification Service can identify insects, spiders, ticks and other arthropods that you deliver to the lab by mail or in person.


Update (3/26/21)

Walk-in samples for insect identification cannot be accepted until further notice.

Samples are currently being accepted by mail-in only.  Additionally, our staff are accepting digital samples sent by email to answers@unh.edu. Submission must include your name, phone number, business name, county, where you found the specimen and good, in-focus images.

Identification Submission Form  $10.00 fee per specimen
Location, Hours and contact information

Accurate identification of an insect is easiest when the specimens are in good condition. Refer to our best practices for submitting your insect for identification to help ensure that your specimen arrives in good shape.

The UNH Insect Identification Lab does not test for tick-borne illnesses. If you need a tick tested for disease, please use TickReportTM.


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Resources

New Hampshire homeowners, gardeners, hikers, hunters, landscapers and anyone else who works or plays outdoors can now have ticks identified and tested... Learn More
What are bed bugs?

Bed bugs have tormented people throughout human history. They are now increasingly becoming a problem within residen... Learn More
About the brown marmorated stink bug...

This invasive insect presents two types of problems: it can be a significant household nuisance... Learn More
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Introduction

Several species of insects invade our homes in fall and remain through winter, often hidden inside walls. When temperature... Learn More