Insect and Plant Disease Diagnostic Labs
Now part of the new University of Maine Cooperative Extension Diagnostic and Research Laboratory
Since our inception in 1989, the Insect and Plant Disease Diagnostic Labs have served over 25,000 citizens. Inquiries arrive in the form of walk-ins, phone calls, e-mails, and regular mail. We operate year-round and offer diagnostic services to the public. Services include plant disease identification, plant nutritional and cultural problem assessment, insect identification, and insect injury identification. Maine’s Integrated Pest Management programs also make use of the labs for insect identification as well as plant disease diagnosis.
UMaine Extension is operating and most staff are working remotely, but the Tick Lab and the Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab can now accept samples. However, University of Maine Cooperative Extension buildings are CLOSED until at least June 30, 2020 in an effort to ensure the health and safety of the community, and to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Please contact each lab prior to sending or bringing in samples:
Pest Management Unit:
Phone: 207.581.3880 or 800.287.0279 (in Maine) | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Insect ID and Frequent Specimens
- Submitting Insect Specimens
- List of our Published Insect Fact Sheets
- Other Useful Links for Insect Pests
Additional Assistance / Topics
- Home and Garden Pests: Pest Identification and Management for People in Maine
- Pesticide Applicator Training (PAT) materials (can be purchased online)