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Pests & Pesticide Use

Insect, Weed & Plant Disease Identification

Proper collection, handling and shipping of samples for identification, analysis or diagnosis are critical.  We’ll assist you, and refer you to specific edis publications.

Diagnostic and Identification Clinics

Insect Identification:  Ask for an ID kit for submitting samples to the Insect ID Lab (fee, $8). 

Diseases:  The main Plant Disease Clinic in Gainesville and regional clinics at Research and Education Centers in Quincy, Immokalee and Homestead constitute the Disease Clinic Network  (typical fee of $20, may vary). 

Nematodes:  Number and type of plant-parasitic nematodes in soil and plant samples are reported (fee,$ 20 for Florida growers). Nematode Assay Laboratory.

Plant Identification:  Botanist and taxonomists at the Florida Museum of Natural History Herbarium identify plants, including weeds.

Distance Diagnostic and Identification System (DDIS)

IPM Images – CSU & SPDN

IPM Pest ID and Diagnosis


Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a sustainable approach to managing pests through biological, cultural, physical and chemical tools in ways that minimize risks to the environment and to human health.

Pest Management Guides

EDIS and Departmental Guides


Plant Diseases  



Aquatic Weeds


Other Guides

Pesticide Information


    The pesticide label is a legal document:  it is a violation of federal and state law to use any pesticide inconsistent or not in accordance with the label or labeling materials.

Equipment Calibration

Organic and other Alternative Pest Management

Other Pest and Pest Management Topics

WPS – Worker Protection Standard

Pesticide Records

Labels and MSDS

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