Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab

Services that we provide: 

The Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab (UPPDL) is a service of Utah State University Cooperative Extension and the Department of Biology at Utah State University. The UPPDL has entomology and plant pathology specialists and diagnosticians available to diagnose plant pest problems of arthropod (insect, spider, mite, etc.) or disease origin. In addition, we offer general insect and arthropod identification, plant root identification, insect trap processing, and soil arthropod extraction services. Individual services and prices are listed below. Click the icons above to learn how to submit a sample, pay for a service, or view our Utah Pests Fact Sheets. 

Service fees only apply to physical samples submitted to the diagnostic lab. For photo diagnostics or general inquiries (FREE), please fill out this form. We will let you know if a physical sample is needed in the lab for proper identification/diagnosis. 

Prices are per sample. Be sure to check our list of tests we do not run/samples we do not accept!

List of Services and Fees

Tree, Fruit, Vegetable, and Shrub Samples
Basic service Visual/microscope inspection for plant diseases and insects. $10.00
Pathogen culturing Includes a visual inspection.  $15.00
DNA/virus testing Includes pathogen culturing and visual inspection as needed. $30.00
Turfgrass Samples
Basic service Visual/microscope inspection for diseases and arthropods. $10.00
Premium service Visual/microscope inspection PLUS Berlese funnel soil arthropod extraction. $15.00
Insect/Arthropod Samples
Basic service Visual/microscope inspection and identification. $10.00
DNA identification Molecular identification to the highest classification possible (usually species level). $30.00
Other Services
DNA plant identification Requires roots or leaves. Identifies a plant using molecular analysis (usually species level).  $30.00
Soil insect extraction Extracts soil dwelling arthropods from a soil sample. Price is per gallon zip bag.  $10.00
Insect trap processing Search for a target pest or identify/count a large number of insects.
  • Basic: Search for a target pest. Price is per trap.
  • Premium: Identify all trap catch to the family level and provide counts.
    • $2.00/family identified
    • $0.05/specimen counted
per trap

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Pre-paid vouchers
(order through 
submission form)
A voucher is usable on $10.00 worth of lab services. Purchase in bulk for reduced cost:
  • 10-20 @ 10% off
  • 21+ @15% off


Overview of the Utah Plant Pest Diagnostic Lab