As a leading retailer of pest control, lawn care, and animal health products, DoMyOwn has seen our fair share of insects and weeds in our 14 plus years of business. From bug infestations to lawn fungus to large weeds, we can typically identify the problem that is plaguing your home or lawn and suggest a solution.
If you have a pest, weed, or lawn fungus you can't identify, send photos our way so we can help you out. After all, identifying the cause of the problem is the first step toward a solution.
Complete the following steps to help us better identify the problem:
Take a Clear Photo
Mosquitoes, ants, beetles, and other pests look the same when the photo is blurred as do many different types of weeds, making it impossible to make an identification.
Make sure any photo you send is clear and sharp so that we can make a positive identification.
Take Many Photos from Different Angles
One photo may not be enough to identify your pest or weed. Instead, take multiple photos of the problem from different angles. If you can get up close to the head or body of the pest, take a photo. A photo of the entire pest will also help. From the side is beneficial too.
For weeds and lawn diseases, take a photo of the entire lawn, a photo of the weed or disease within the lawn, and an up close photo of the weed itself. If there are leaves on the weed, we should be able to see how many there are. Can we tell what color the underside of the leaves are? Are there roots to the weed? Are there flowers? Pull a weed and take a photo of the roots. Any angle or detail that can help should be captured on camera and sent our way.
Use a Coin or Other Object for Sizing
Some pests look similar but vary in size. A photo of a yellow jacket and a photo of a European paper wasp will look the same from a distance, but the insects are different sizes.
Add a coin, ruler, or other object to the photo for sizing reference. If we can see that the pest is the size of a dime, or a weed is 2 inches tall, it will truly help us narrow down the species of the pest or weed.
Include Details in Your Email
In your email to us, be sure to add the following information in addition to your photos:
- What city and state you live in. Some pests and weeds flourish in different parts of the country while others do not. Knowing your relative geographic location will help us make a positive identification.
- How long you have been seeing this pest/weed. Is this a recent development? Did the pest or weed emerge when the season changed? Does this weed appear every summer or this your first time seeing it?
- Where the problem is occurring. Are you seeing these bugs in your basement or on the window sill? Is the weed found only in shaded parts of your lawn?
- Detailed descriptions of the pest or weed that may be hard to see in the photo. Does the pest fly? Have you seen eggs? Does the weed smell?
- For lawn care: what type of grass do you have? Certain weeds appear in certain grasses and not every chemical can be used on all grass-types. Knowing what type of turf you have on your lawn will help us better suggest a solution.
We cannot identify or help with rashes or bites that may be caused by pests or reactions to chemicals. If you are having a bodily reaction, please contact your dermatologist or a medical doctor for assistance.
If you have a pest, weed, or fungus that needs to be identified, send us an email with the information above to firstname.lastname@example.org.