June 2017 Vol. 25, No. 2

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Arrest the pest! Protect forests and crops

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has created guidelines and an app to help Minnesotans identify and report harmful pests.

1 Take pictures and notes

  • Insects. Take pictures and notes of the plants on which the insect was found. Note any unique markings on the insect. If possible, place a coin or other easily recognizable object next to the insect to compare the size.
  • Plants. Take pictures of flowers and leaves.
  • Diseases. Note the species of plant (if known) on which you find the disease. Take pictures of the disease as well as any fruit, seeds, leaves, or flowers of the host plant.

2 Capture the insect, if possible, or take a sample of the plant

TAKE SAFETY PRECAUTIONS BEFORE HANDLING ANY INSECTS OR PLANTS. Some organisms cause allergic reactions or skin irritation, or may sting or bite. Wear gloves when handling insects and plants.

Put the insect or plant sample in a sealed plastic bag. Place the insect in your freezer, or plant sample in your fridge.

3 Report

Report findings to Arrest the Pest using any of the following methods:

  • Upload photos and attach them to an e-mail. Write a short description of what you saw and where you saw it. Make sure to include your contact information. Send to arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us.
  • Use the new user-friendly smartphone/tablet app. Submit your discovery within minutes of finding the pest. Download the free Great Lakes Early Detection Network (GLEDN) app from the Google Play Store or the Apple AppStore.
  • Call Arrest the Pest at 1-888-545-6684. Leave a detailed message that includes your name, location, contact number, and the type of pest that you want to report. The voicemail will be forwarded to the agency in charge of that pest.

Learn more at mda.state.mn.us/arrestthepest.