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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

May 15, 2018

Insect Diagnostic Lab Closing Until Further Notice

Submitted by John Ruberson

We will be closing the Insect Diagnostics Lab at Kansas State University effective June 16, 2018. We ask that all samples that need identification by this service be submitted no later than June 11, to allow time for processing by the diagnostician prior to closure. The “Gotbugs” email address also will cease to be monitored after June 16. Users of “Gotbugs” after that date will receive a message indicating that the service is no longer available, and that they should contact their county or district Extension office with their request.

Our entomology specialists will continue to support identification requests submitted by county and district agricultural and horticultural agents, and we ask that these requests be directed to specific specialists. Please be aware that our specialists will do their best to handle the increased workload, but sample processing will be slowed, and in some cases may not be possible, due to time constraints. Looking forward, insect identification will eventually evolve into a fee-based service to help offset costs for sample processing.

We apologize for the inconvenience. It is our hope that we can restore the service in the future when our budget is able to sustain it.