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Arrest the Pest

Slow the Spread

Arrest the Pest relies on Minnesota residents acting as volunteers to report potential threats to Minnesota’s forests and crops.
To report a pest there are three important steps:

Notebook and penStep 1Take pictures
of the pest or disease.
Take notes
of the exact location of the pest, including the address or GPS coordinates, as well as a description of the surroundings.

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.

Take pictures of flowers and leaves.

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.


Step 2Capture
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, skin irritation, or may sting or bite. Wear gloves when handling insects and plants.

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



Step 3Report
findings to Arrest the Pest using any of the following methods:

Upload photos and attach them to an email.
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 our new user-friendly smartphone/tablet app.
Submit your discovery within minutes of finding the pest. Download this 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.

Arrest the Pest Flyer (PDF: 539 KB / 1 page)


Last Updated: March 2, 2016