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Pests In The Home - How to Submit an Insect Sample for Identification

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

With over one million named species of insects in the world, sometimes you need an expert identification on an insect that is bugging you. Accurate insect identification is crucial to protecting your home from pests of all kinds. Many species of ants, termites, and roaches can look very similar, but their treatment methods may be drastically different. Many pests may be unfamiliar to homeowners, and an accurate identification will allow for minimal and targeted pesticide treatments.