Please send a handful of specimens if possible to ensure that at least one insect arrives intact, essential parts are not missing, and all species present at the location are represented.
An experienced diagnostician can identify pieces and parts of insects to the order or genus. For a more specific identification, several intact specimens must be submitted. In many cases, the antennae or foot segments are needed for a positive identification.
Include a General Form (in a separate plastic bag) containing as much information as possible about where and when the insect was found. Correct and plentiful information will greatly help to process the diagnosis in a timely fashion.
The CWEPPDC does not examine vacuum cleaner bags or items containing body fluids, hair, or skin as the laboratory does not handle medical waste materials.