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HOW TO COLLECT SAMPLES FOR IDENTIFICATION

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Larger insect specimens can be collected in a jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid. If you prefer not to touch the insect, you can use a piece of cardboard and a container to capture your specimen. Specimens can also be submitted in plastic bags, but please be sure not to crush or squash your specimen. Please ensure that the container or bag is tightly sealed so that your insect, if alive, can’t escape.

To collect mites, fleas, or small insects, you may want to use a tape or lint roller. Sticky traps (these are different from glue traps used for mice) can be purchased from most hardware and home improvement stores. These should be left in areas where you suspect an infestation. These traps work well for bedbugs, too.

Please don’t use sticky traps outdoors – they can harm small wildlife and will quickly collect many non-target insects.

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