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Somethin’ buggin’ ya?

Program Contact: Alex duPont, Master Gardener Program Coordinator • (360) 428-4270 ext. 227

Come to one of our clinics!

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Burlington Clinic:

Wednesdays, 10 am-2 pm, April-Oct.
WSU Skagit Co. Extension Office
11768 Westar Lane, Suite A
Burlington, WA 98233

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360-428-4270, dial “0” on clinic days,
dial “228” to leave a message.

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Anacortes Clinic:

Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm, May 5 – October 13
Anacortes Farmers Market
Depot Center, 7th St & “R” Ave


Plant Disease Samples

Collecting and Packaging

Please submit as much of the plant as possible, including roots. Samples should include both the affected and healthy tissues so a comparison with the “normal” plant is possible. Do not send specimens that are completely dead, dried or rotted.

Vegetables, Bulbs and Annuals: Send entire affected plant, including roots.

Shrubs, Trees: Send both healthy and affected tissues. Include at least one specimen showing margin between healthy and diseased tissues.

Turfgrass: Send 4″ squares including roots and soil. Take samples at the edge of affected areas and include both healthy and affected grass. For best results, send samples representing healthy, slightly affected, and severely affected areas of lawn.

Insect Samples

Collecting and Packaging

Butterflies, moths and bees should be stored in a clear vial or other glass container.

DO NOT MAIL IN LIVE INSECTS or bring in badly damaged specimens.

Plant/Weed ID Samples

Collecting and Packaging

Samples for Plant and Weed ID must be alive, fresh, and undamaged. They should include leaves, buds, stems, flowers, roots, and fruits/seeds or as many of these features as possible. A single leaf is not enough!

If you plan to bring in a plant or insect sample, you can print out and complete our Clinic Form ahead of time to save time!

If you are unable to come in during regular clinic hours you may bring samples to the WSU Skagit County Extension office (11768 Westar Lane, Suite A, Burlington, WA) any time during normal office hours (8:30-4:30, Mon-Fri). Our Master Gardener volunteers will examine the materials on their next clinic day and contact you via telephone.

You can also email your plant problems to
Please include a detailed description of the problem, plant or insect, location, and digital photos, if possible. Also provide a phone number where you can be reached on Wednesdays between 10am-2pm. Please note: We may not be able to immediately answer your question and may ask you to bring a sample to the WSU Skagit County Extension in Burlington.

Helpful Resources:

WSU Skagit County Master Gardener Insect Collection

WSU Puyallup Diagnostic Lab and links to forms

WSU Distance Diagnostics Through Digital Imaging

 WA Native Plant Society

PNW Insect Management Handbook

PNW Weed Management Handbook

PNW Plant Disease Management Handbook

WSU Publications

PNW400: Training and Pruning Your Home Orchard