To get the most accurate diagnosis, there are a few simple questions you should try to address in your email, see questions listed below. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidelines for Email Correspondence
Please include descriptions in your email that cover the questions listed below as much as possible.
Please provide your full name, mailing address, email address, and a daytime phone number where you can be reached.
Email hours/days are 9:30am–Noon, Monday–Friday
We are currently not accepting samples, please email photos
If you are providing digital photos as an attachment take an overall shot showing the shape of the plant or pest and photograph it from several angles ( 2 is plenty)
To get the most accurate diagnosis there are a few simple questions you should try to address in your email:
What is the reason you need a diagnosis?
If known, what is the name of the plant; if not known what type (tree, shrub, perennial)
SEND US A PICTURE
Does the plant produce flowers or fruit?
How long has plant been in its current location?
What chemicals or fertilizers have been used? Is mulch used?
Inspect entire plant for symptoms. Problems can be more complex then they first appear.
When did symptoms first appear?
Are pests just a nuisance or are they causing harm to people or property?
Where is the highest concentration of pests?
When did pest first appear?
Describe pest (size, wings, number of legs, color, etc.)-SEND US A PICTURE
For more Information
Program Associate II
Cooperative Extension of Passaic County
Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
930 Riverview Dr., Suite 250
Totowa, NJ 07512-1167