Insect Identification Services

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Update (7/14/20):

The soils lab is not currently open, but we recommend growers still take tissue samples at the recommended time for the specific crop (typically between July 15 and 30), and hold it until the soil processing lab reopens. Clean, dried leaves should be held in a dry area in an open paper bag until we are accepting samples. It is best to hold the sample at your farm until we reopen, which we expect to be in early fall. Please do NOT mail in the sample until our reopening is official. For more information on leaf tissue testing please visit the NH Vegetable & Fruit News blog post here.

 

The Food and Agriculture team wants to let you know that we are still working and available to provide guidance and help during this busy season.  While face-to-face meetings and in-person programming have been curtailed, we are still working every day to help your season be a successful one. Watch for our newsletter or visit our website to get updates on upcoming programs and newly available resources.

Walk-in and mail-in samples cannot be accepted for any diagnostic service until further notice.

For home gardeners:

Please contact us at answers@unh.edu or 1-877-EXT-GROW (398-4769), photos are welcome and may help us identify any weed, disease, or insect problems you encounter.  In the absence of a soil test, home gardeners are encouraged to follow guidelines recommended in our factsheets. If you have misplaced your old soil test results, contact Shyloh.Favreau@unh.edu. Soils already submitted to the UNH lab will be processed when services resume.

For commercial producers/operations only:

We are very much available to talk via phone, email, or ‘virtual’ visits.  We can even make physical site visits, as long as we’re able to follow certain protocols. While we are not able to process soil samples at this time, some soil testing laboratories in nearby states are still processing; commercial growers in need of a soil test may want to consider sending samples to one of these labs. We do recommend that you make sure that they are still receiving samples prior to sending samples.

University of Maine Analytical Lab

Pennsylvania State University Soil Testing Lab

University of Connecticut Soil Nutrient Analysis Lab

  • Plant samples: The Plant Diagnostic Lab is accepting digital samples sent by email to pdl.digitalsample@unh.edu. Submissions must include a completed sample submission form (fillable sample submission form) your name, phone number, email, and good, in-focus images.
     
  • Arthropod samples: 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.

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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.

Please seek the advice of a medical professional if you believe that an insect is causing health problems for you or those in your care. For health safety reasons, the UNH Insect Identification Service cannot accept samples in cases involving microscopic (“invisible”) arthropods or biting/crawling sensations on the skin if submitted by private individuals. If you think you have insects in your body, please contact your primary care physician. Samples collected by a medical professional and submitted from the medical office directly, in either alcohol or as a slide with accompanying documentation, may be accepted at the discretion of the lab manager.  Please do not submit floor sweepings, vacuum cleaner dirt/dust, or things of a similar nature. Exceptions: Ticks, suspected nits, lice, and other parasites visible to the naked eye and submitted in alcohol may be accepted.

The UNH Insect Identification Lab does not test for tick-borne illnesses. If you need a tick tested for disease, or have questions about tick-borne diseases, please utilize the services of  TickReport™

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.

Download the Identification Submission Form

$10 fee per specimen

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