Who are First Detectors?
This growing team of individuals equiped to notice and report pests and pathogens includes over 17,000 people across the country, including cooperative extension county educators, crop consultants, pesticide applicators, growers, master gardeners, master naturalists, industry representatives, NRCS conservationists, and other agricultural professionals. Most First Detectors are people in the position to notice an unusual outbreak, a pest of concern, or symptoms of a pest of concern. By completing NPDN First Detector training either online or through in-person training, they have honed their pest detection skills.
First Detectors learn about local, regional and national target pests so they know what to look for in their communities and are equipped to report occurrances or submit samples to their local diagnostic lab for confirmation. Training courses, available in person or easily accessible through the learning modules on this website, will teach you to 1) identify the symptoms of specific pest outbreaks and 2) report them or submit samples to your local diagnostician lab for identity confirmation.
Become a First Detector!