04 Apr How to Collect an Insect Sample for Identification
We at Ford’s Hometown Services are often asked to identify insects for identification for homeowners and businesses alike. There are a few tips I would like to share for successful collection.
1. Do not squish the bug. Without seeing the body and distinguishing features of the insect, identification is impossible.
2. Do not put a live flying insect in a container that is not see through. There is nothing worse than opening up a container and having the specimen fly away.
3. If your insect is in a non-see-through container, it should be dead. I have opened a container to find a live bed bug which quickly scooted up my wrist to start feeding. Not funny (although now it is a little funny).
4. Tissues and saran wrap don’t cut it. When a customer comes in and starts to unravel the tissue or saran wrap and suddenly realizes the bug escaped, it is very unsettling. Was it a bed bug? Is it in here now? Was it head lice? You see my point.
Have the answers to these questions ready:
How many insects are you finding?
Where are you finding these insects?
Where did the problem first appear?
How long have you been finding them?
We are happy to provide 1 or 2 insect monitors for you to bring home in the event that you are having trouble catching a sample. We also will send off your insect for proper identification in the event we are unable to identify your insect. This is a free service we provide. We do not identify insect bites, we are not qualified and a Dr. should be contacted. Please stop by or call if you have any questions. 1-800-649-9992.