Test, Don't Guess. How to submit plant and insect samples for diagnosis.
Do not fold, spindle, or mutilate: guidelines for all submissions
- Gather a fresh, representative, generous sample
- Collect before applying any pesticides
- Wrap your sample as if it were an expensive and fragile gift. Pack it securely within a sturdy box. Consider packaging this in another box for added protection.
- Include the submission form and payment. (Payment is needed before processing; fees range upward from $25 for both clinics.)
- Try to preserve the color, shape, and features of the specimen. Don't use glue or scotch tape.
- Inflated plastic bags, shipping peanuts, or crumpled newspaper placed around the sample provide excellent protection.
Inflated plastic bags protect sample during shipping
- Please fill out the submission form carefully (keep a copy). Describe the situation in as much detail as possible. Include the date of collection, and the location (nearest town or city).
- Always include a return address.
- For a faster response include your fax number or e-mail address. (Indicate which you prefer.)
- Ship "live" samples by the fastest means possible to avoid deterioration.
- If you can't mail the sample immediately, keep it refrigerated or out of direct sunlight.
- Mail samples early in the week to avoid the weekend layovers in the post office.
- Before holidays, call the clinic before shipping.