Department Administration

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Phone: 614-688-0218

Jamie Strange, Chair and Professor, Columbus
Pete Piermarini, Associate Chair and Professor, Wooster
Steve Baker, Fiscal Officer, Columbus
Sarah DeVilbiss, Office Manager, Columbus
Erin Parker, Office Manager, Wooster

Entomology Student Interest Form: Undergraduate and Graduate

Joe Raczkowski, Undergraduate

Sarah DeVilbiss, Graduate Program
Reed Johnson, Graduate Studies


Insect ID and Pest Questions

Please do not send physical insect samples directly to the Entomology Department. 

  • The Ohio State Plant and Pest Diagnostic Clinic provides diagnostic ID services for a fee, typically $20. Instructions on how to submit a physical or digital insect ID request are available on the websiteThe diagnostic clinic specializes in the identification of plant diseases, plant health problems, insects and insect related problems, and does not accept samples that originate from a person or animal's body.
  •, currently under construction, will soon be a resource for identification of various arthropods, such as ticks, that impact public health.
  • Free digital insect ID may be found from the online community science and USDA resources below. Your images will be identified and may be used in projects tracking invasive species, insect biodiversity, and other scientific endeavors:
    iNaturalist Insect, spider, or other organism
    Seek by iNaturalist Animal, plants
    BugFinder Insects, spiders, related organisms
    BugGuide Insect, spider, related organisms
    Bumble Bee Watch Bumble bees
    What’s that Bug? Insect, spiders, related organisms
    USDA Developed Pest ID tools, including fact sheets, ID keys, screening aids, and mobile apps
    Entomology Today from the Entomologicial Society of America lists other resources for insect ID

As a public institution, we can not to promote a single company. A reputable company can be found by referring to the Ohio Pest Management Association membership directory. OPMA has a code of conduct for members and is generally comprised of responsible pest management specialists. 

Your local Ohio State Extension office has Agriculture and Natural Resource Educators able to answer farm, garden, home, and business questions.
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Report endangered species to the Ohio Fish and Wildlife Services Conservation Office. Include digital images in emails to; Phone: 614-416-8993; Address: 359 Main Rd, Delaware, OH 43015. Endangered species in Ohio including arthropods.