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Home, Yard, and Garden Pests

Area of Expertise Contact Name Agency Phone

Home and Garden Pests

Charlie Armstrong

UMCE

207-581-2967

Plant Diseases

Alicyn Smart

UMCE

207-581-3883

Forest and Shade Tree Insects

Thomas Schmeelk

DACF

207-287-2431

Colleen Teerling

DACF

207-287-2431

Allison Kanoti

DACF

207-827-1813

Forest & Shade Tree Diseases

Aaron Bergdahl

DACF

207-287-2431

Fruit Tree Pests

Glen Koehler

UMCE 207-581-3882

Renae Moran

UMCE 207-933-2100

Ornamental Plant Pests

Ann Gibbs

DACF

207-287-3891

Sarah Scally

DACF

207-287-8663

Carole Neil

DACF

207-287-7612

Vegetable Pests

Mark Hutton

UMCE

207-933-2100

David Handley

UMCE

207-933-2100

Hillary Peterson

DACF

207-215-4793

Small Fruit (strawberries, raspberries, highbush blueberry)

David Handley

UMCE

207-933-2100

Lawn Pests

Gary Fish

DACF

207-287-7545

Lawn and Garden Weeds

Matthew Wallhead

UMCE

207-581-2949


Human Health Pests

Area of Expertise Contact Name Agency Phone

Mosquitoes & Ticks

Christine Zukas

MCDC

207-287-8016

 

Chuck Lubelczyk

MMC

207-662-7142


Integrated Pest Management

Area of Expertise Contact Name Agency Phone

Integrated Pest Management

Kerry Bernard

UMCE

207-518-3884

Jim Dill

UMCE

207-581-3879

Hillary Peterson

DACF

207-215-4793


Invasive Pests

Area of Expertise Contact Name Agency Phone

Insects

Karen Coluzzi

DACF

207-287-7551

Fish

Russell Danner

MDIFW

207-287-2813

Aquatic Plants

John McPhedran

MDEP

207-215-9863

Terrestrial Plants

Matthew Wallhead

UMCE

207-581-2949

Gary Fish

DACF

207-287-7545

Pest Quarantine Regulations

Rachel Nyce

USDA

207-848-5199

Ann Gibbs

DACF

207-287-3891


Organic Pest Management

Area of Expertise Contact Name Agency Phone

 

Caleb Goosen

MOFGA

207-568-4142


Pesticide Issues

Area of Expertise Contact Name Agency Phone

Pesticide Poisoning

For Emergency, call 911 first.

Northern New England Poison Control Center

800-222-1222

For Hearing impaired: TTY/TTD

877-299-4447

Pesticide Use Complaint

Raymond Connors

DACF

207-287-2731

Pesticide Toxicity

Pam Bryer

DACF

207-287-2731


Poisonous Plants

Area of Expertise Contact Name Agency Phone

Identification

Matthew Wallhead

UMCE

207-581-2949

Plant Poisoning

For Emergency, call 911 first.

Northern New England Poison Control Center

800-222-1222

For Hearing impaired: TTY/TTD

877-299-4447


Vertebrate and Wildlife Pests

Area of Expertise Contact Name Agency Phone

Contact your municipal animal control officer by calling the town office or the non-emergency number for your local police.

Wildlife Services

Robin Dyer

USDA

207-629-5181


Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife

Area of Expertise Phone Area

For homeowner questions and problems with raccoons, deer, birds, coyotes, bears, bats, fox, or moose (especially when a game species is involved), call the nearest Maine Department of Inland Fisheries regional headquarters and ask to speak to a wildlife biologist or game warden. Each regional headquarters also has a list of wildlife rehabilitators for injured birds and small mammals.

Region A: Gray

207-657-2345

(Southern Maine south of the Androscoggin River)

Region B: Sidney

207-547-5300

(North of the Androscoggin River and Augusta area)

Region C: Jonesboro

207-941-4440

(Bangor and Downeast)

Region D: Strong

207-778-3324

 

Region E: Greenville

207-695-3756

 

Region F: Enfield

207-732-4132

 

Region G: Ashland

207-435-3231

 

Abbreviations Used

  • DACF = Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry
  • MFS = Maine Forest Service
  • MDEP = Maine Department of Environmental Protection
  • MCDC = Maine Center for Disease Control
  • MDIFW = Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife
  • MMC = Maine Medical Center
  • MOFGA = Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
  • USDA = US Department of Agriculture
  • UMCE = University of Maine Cooperative Extension