The I & D Section has the responsibility for monitoring, reporting, and coordinating suppression of endemic pests affecting forest trees in South Carolina. I&D also works closely with Christmas tree growers, nurseries growing forest tree seedlings, seed orchards producing tree seed and urban areas with tree pest problems. Close cooperation is maintained with the U.S. Forest Service and other Federal and State agencies such as the Bureau of Plant Industries.

The Insect and Disease Section also operates a laboratory for free diagnosis of insects and disease affecting forest resources in the State. Samples for diagnosis are submitted by South Carolina Forestry Commission personnel and various private individuals. To obtain more information about the laboratory and sample submission contact the Insect and Disease Staff.