Insect, Plant and Disease Identification

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Each year Cherokee County receives numerous requests on assisting with identifying insects, diseases and plants. It is our goal to provide you with resources that will help you with identification and the steps in getting assistance from our county center. The best options is to use the resources from our website to identify your problem. Here are some resources to help you with your identification journey.

Resources To Assist with Identification

  • The Department of Plant and Microbial Biology has has some great resources for plant identification. This link will provide you to identify various plants, trees, rare plants, ferns, poisonous plants and much more. Most resources also have mobile versions.
  • Extension Plant Pathology has some great resources to assist with determining diseases on plants along with insect identification. The information is sectioned into field crops, tree fruit, small fruit, vegetable, turf-grass, and ornamentals.

Assistance at the Cherokee County Center

If the resources will not allow the identification,  the next step is assistance from the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cherokee County Center. The best next step is to provide digital pictures of the insect, disease, or plant. Please use the micro feature on your camera if available and take them as clear without movement as possible. The pictures sometimes have to be magnified to see minute details.

  • Plant disease and insect identification requires 3 digital pictures. One picture should include the location of the plant or insect along with last soil sample and/or fertility plan of the plant(s). Pictures should include an object such as a coin to provide a reference to the size of the specimen. The information along with contact information should be sent to Cindy Chastain. The digital pictures will be provided to a Master Gardener℠ volunteer or NC State Extension agent for assistance. Allow 3-5 days for processing.
  • Plant identification requires 3 digital pictures. One picture should include the location of plant. Pictures should include an object such as a coin to provide a reference to the size of the specimen. The information along with contact information should be sent to Cindy Chastain. The digital pictures will be provided to a Master Gardener volunteer or NC State Extension agent for assistance. Allow 3-5 days for processing.
  • If the identification cannot be determined using the tools for self assessment or digitally thru the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cherokee County Center a sample may need to be submitted at the Disease and Insect Clinic. Fees and processes are explained at the site.