Tiny insects or other arthropods on plants, food, fabrics, or other items.
Please include a general submission form in separate plastic bag to keep it dry.
For best results, follow these steps:
The sample should be collected in a screw-top vial, pill container, or similar sealable container, if possible.
Add alcohol to the container to cover the specimen.
If the sample cannot be collected in a container, clear tape or a sticky trap can be used. Tape to clear plastic wrap or waxed paper. Please note that using tape or a sticky trap makes diagnosis more difficult as the specimen may have to be pulled off the material for microscopic examination destroying the sample in the process.
Put the specimen in an envelope or cardboard box with newspaper for padding.
Ship the sample to the address on the submission form.
- More detailed instructions can be found in HYG-2121-12, Submitting Insect Specimens for Identification.
The CWEPPDC does not examine vacuum cleaner bags or items containing body fluids or skin as the laboratory does not handle medical waste materials.