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Extension & Outreach

Georgia's warm, humid climate is conducive to a wide array of insect problems. These problems affect the lives of Georgia's citizens by impacting the state's large agriculture and forest industries, landscapes, home gardens, public health, residential and industrial sanitation, and structural integrity.

One mission of the University of Georgia Department of Entomology is to provide the information necessary to minimize those problems. Department of Entomology faculty with appointments in University of Georgia Cooperative Extension support educational programs conducted by county agents in all 159 of Georgia's counties. They are involved in numerous training programs which teach insect identification and effective insect control techniques to county agents. Faculty also serve the public directly via publications, statewide and local workshops and seminars, print media, and radio and television programming.

Due to the diverse nature of insects, extension faculty must specialize in specific areas of entomology. They are often involved in applied research projects to find answers to many new and developing insect problems. All extension faculty are in tenure track positions, meaning they must meet the academic standards defined by university policy. Each extension faculty member is committed to an integrated pest management approach that incorporates as many effective control tactics as possible, minimizing the use of chemical insecticides. When situations require the use of insecticides, only EPA registered products are recommended and proper storage, handling and application techniques are emphasized.

Insect Identification Services

Although extension faculty will be glad to provide insect identifications for the public as time permits, we request that specimens be submitted via your local county agent if possible. These agents may be able to provide insect identifications themselves, or if not, they are trained to submit the specimen to the appropriate faculty member via the mail or electronically via the Digital Distance Diagnostic Image System. Due to the large number of specimens submitted, those insects causing economic damage or those affecting public health will take priority over those submitted for curiosity purposes. There are millions of described insect species and many more that have not been scientifically described. Identification to the species level is not always possible due to damaged specimens, unclear images, or incomplete information.

Georgia homeowner insect identification requests are best directed via county agents as well, but specimens may also be submitted directly to Ms. Lisa Ames at the address below. View the sample submission form (pdf).

Ms. Lisa Ames
1109 Experiment Station Road
Georgia Experiment Station
Griffin, Georgia 30223-1797

University of Georgia (UGA) College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES)