Insect Advice from Extension

Have a problem with insects, or would you like to know more about them?

The Department of Entomology's Cooperative Extension program strives to provide up-to-date information about integrated pest management (IPM) that can be easily accessed by agriculture and pest control communities, the general public, and cooperative extension professionals throughout the state. Information is available on beneficial insects as well as pests that can affect our daily lives. The menu at the left is broken down into specific areas of interest.

For insect problems and identification:

  • Insect Fact Sheets - description, life cycle, and management information
  • Image Gallery - images of common Pennsylvania insects, including bees, wasps, carpenter ants, termites, ticks, gypsy moths, and many more
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Insect Identification:
    • Physical specimens can be taken to your local county extension office, where staff will often be able to identify the insects, or sent directly to the Insect Identification Laboratory.
    If specimens are sent directly, they should be sent in alcohol in a liquid-tight container in a plastic self-sealing bag. Ethyl and isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol are acceptable and available at any pharmacy. Please include your name, address, phone number, and email (if applicable) with the package or fill out the insect identification request form.

    Please do not send insects that have been removed from your body as the Identification Laboratory facilities are not equipped to handle such material. If you think you have insects in your body, please contact your primary care physician and ask them to contact the Insect Identification Laboratory and send any samples.

    You may also contact the Insect Identification Lab at 814-865-3256 with identification and other insect-related questions.