Report an Invasive Pest in Utah
Report an Invasive Pest
Early detection is the key to preventing invasive species in Utah. If you see a pest featured on our website, please let us know.
Utah Plant Pest Diagnostics Lab (UPPDL)
The UPPDL is a service of USU Extension and the Department of Biology at USU. The UPPDL is staffed with highly skilled and experienced professionals that provide rapid and accurate identification of pest-related problems. First Detectors can submit suspect samples (digital images and/or physical samples) directly to the UPPDL. If possible, send digital images to the USU CAPS Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) for screening prior to submitting physical samples to the UPPDL.
Submitting Digital Images
Send high-resolution images as an email attachment to one of the labs listed below. Images should be in focus and well-lighted, contain a ruler or other object for scale, and contain different parts/views of the insect and/or plant symptoms. If possible, send digital images to the USU CAPS Coordinator (email@example.com) for screening prior to submitting physical samples to the UPPDL.
Submitting Physical Samples
Live insects can escape from containers; therefore, it is very important that you kill (do not squish) the insect before submitting it to the UPPDL. Place the insect into a spill-proof jar or vial containing rubbing alcohol (hand sanitizer or white vinegar are suitable alternatives). You can also freeze the insect before placing it into a sealable crush-proof container. If submitting plant material, handle it as if it contains a live pest (i.e., secure plant material so that an emerging pest could not escape). Wrap plant material in paper bags or newspaper. Secure samples using packing material to avoid breakage/damage. Samples containing plant material should be overnighted.
Include with your submission, the date, collection location, email address, phone number, and physical address in case we have follow-up questions. Mail sample(s) to one of the labs listed below, and as soon as possible to prevent drying or deterioration of the insect or plant material.
|Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Laboratory (UPPDL)||Utah Department of Agriculture and Food|