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 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 a pen or pencil, or add additional information to a form completed and printed from your computer. Your sample will be discarded when a final diagnosis is reached.
We highly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Identification of virus diseases may require additional testing. The cost for these tests is not covered by the $7 fee. The tests run from $30-200 per sample depending on the test. You will be notified if additional tests for an exact identification would be required. If you choose to do additional testing, we will let you know how much the cost is and you will have to pay the fees.
Insects and Their Relatives
Sample Submission Form for Arthropods (insects, arachnids, mites, etc.) and Diseases
Mail Samples To:
Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab
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 email@example.com.
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.