How to Submit a Sample to the UPPDL
Identifying the arthropod (insect, spider, mite, etc.) or disease affecting your plants is the first step to proper control. When you know what pest is causing the problem, specific and direct control measures can be used to solve the pest issue. To ensure that you receive the most accurate diagnosis, specific sample collection and submission guidelines should be followed (see links below or on the submission form). If you wish to have your sample returned to you, please indicate so on the sample submission form. Otherwise, your sample will be discarded when a final diagnosis is reached. When submitting a sample, please complete the fillable submission form (pdf format), print, and include with your sample. You may also print the form and fill it out with pen or pencil, or add additional information to a form completed and printed from your computer.
We also recommend including printed or digital images to accompany any submission. Images may be sent via email, or printed and included with the sample. Ideally, you should take images encompassing a range of perspectives, from close-up to over-all pictures of the yard where the damage is occurring. Pictures can be emailed to: email@example.com.
There is a $7.00 fee for both walk-in and mail-submitted arthropod and plant disease identifications. Payment can be made with cash or check. Make checks payable to the "UPPDL". Additional charges may apply if high-cost tests are needed to make a diagnosis (for plant diseases). Clients will be contacted for approval before additional testing occurs.
New Diagnostic Fees
Due to budget cuts we can no longer subsidize the cost for outsourced plant pathology samples. Starting October 15, 2011 the cost ($55.00 to $90.00 minus the $7.00 originally paid) for outsourcing disease samples must be paid by the client. We will diagnosis pathology samples in-house whenever possible. If the sample cannot be diagnosed in our lab we will inform the client and they can decide whether to send and pay for samples to be diagnosed at an out-of-state lab.
Insects and Their Relatives
Sample Submission Form for Arthropods (insects, arachnids, mites, etc.) and Diseases
Mail Samples To:
Utah State University
5305 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322
Sensitive plant tissues or living organisms should be shipped via expedited mail service (e.g. overnight or 1- to 2-day shipping), especially during hot summer months when samples can be destroyed by prolonged delivery.
If you live close to Utah State University and want to bring a sample to the lab, we are located on campus in the Biology and Natural Resources Building (BNR), room 203. To find us, enter BNR via the northwest entrance and go left up the first set of stairs to the second floor. We are the first lab on the right (room 203 through the double doors). Directions to BNR can be found here. We are available for sample drop-off between 9:00 am and 4:30 pm every day excluding holidays. If the lab is closed, please fill out a submission form (located on the door) and bring the sample to BNR 119 (1st floor). If you want to set up a time to drop off a sample, please call (435) 797-2435 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
How long do I have to wait for a diagnosis?
Normally, you will receive a response within 2 weeks of submitting your sample depending on the types of tests needed. Expect longer for plant pathology submissions.