As an essential part of IPM, correct insect ID establishes the base upon which all-successive pest management decisions are made. Poor ID, poor pest management!
Given the increasing liability of "getting the insect ID wrong,” it is important that the species is correctly identified through a "reasonable degree of industry standard of practice or standard of care." In some cases, getting it wrong may get you sued!
In this program attendees will learn about specimen chain of custody or insect preservation, and a basic entomological approach to ID. Never risk your reputation on a poor method of ID resulting in an incorrect ID.
Brief review of IPM
o Inspection & investigation
o Establishing threshold levels
o Implementing control measures
o Evaluation of effectiveness
Never do “picture-book” insect identifications
o Basic insect anatomy
o Simple use of an Ordernal dichotomous key
Poor specimen, poor ID
o What to accept as a credible specimen
o What not to accept as a credible specimen
o Insect ID request form
o A form review in 10 sections
o Insect collection and preservation made easy
o Simple procedures for collecting, preparing, and storing insects
The new technology of insect ID
o The DNA test