Our agency can assist residents in identifying mosquitoes. If needed, we can accept other bug ID requests. However, if you are looking for online resources for bug identification, see below. There is a wealth of information and several networks you can use.
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Extension Programs are a great resource for insect identification for growers, landscapers, and gardeners—and especially for truly local expertise.
To find your local cooperative extension office and contact info (and put your tax dollars to work), try any of the following:
- Find Extension Services by ZIP Code (Gardening Know How)
- County Extension Offices (National Pesticide Information Center)
- Land-Grant University Website Directory (USDA- National Institute of Food and Agriculture)
As in so many other realms, social media has connected people for sharing knowledge about insects in ways never before possible. For a quick identification of an insect or related arthropod, especially when you’re on the go, these social media groups and outlets are a great place to turn:
- Entomology Group
- Insect Identification Group
- Ask an Entomologist
- Southern Forest and Tree Health Diagnostics Group
Websites and Blogs
Similarly, the internet in general has become a wealth of accessible entomology. (Many cooperative extension programs host excellent, knowledge-rich websites themselves.) For insect identification questions, the websites below can be useful places to start.
- iNaturalist (also available via mobiel app: iOS, Android)
- Ask an Entomologist
- What’s That Bug?
- Pest World Pest Guide
- Insect Identification Forum
- Insect Identification Key
- Featured Creatures database
Do You Need Pest Management Services?
Some interactions with insects go beyond mere curiosity. If you’re dealing with an infestation in your home, business, or property, try these resources for finding an expert pest management professional near you:
- Find an Associate Certified Entomologist (Entomological Society of America Certification Corp.)
- Find a Local Exterminator (Pest World/National Pest Management Association)
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