Tick Submission

Tick Diagnostic & Lab Services

Tick Submission Information

In some tick endemic areas of the country, as many as 40-70% of deer ticks are infected with the Borrelia burgdorrifi spirochete, the Lyme disease bacteria.  You won’t be able to tell if a tick is infected by simple looking at it, whatever the size.  If you remove a deer tick from yourself, family member, or pet, here are the steps to take to preserve and submit the tick for simple identification by your physician or vet, or for a complete pathogen analysis from an independent testing laboratory. 

After proper removal:

When submitting your tick sample and paperwork:

Tick Testing Programs

Below is a partial list of additional state agencies and diagnostic testing labs.  In most instances, each site will have its own submission form. Recognize that some will simply identify the submitted tick at no cost while others, for a fee, will analyze the submitted tick for various tick-borne pathogens.  If you live in a state that is not listed below, consider contacting your state’s health agency to see if they support simple identification and/or further analysis.

Connecticut

The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. Tick office information. 

Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. Submission form for tick testing.

Maine

University of Maine Cooperative Extension Service. Tick identification only.

Massachusetts

TickReport at the Laboratory of Medical Zoology, UMass-Amherst

Independent Testing Laboratories

Imugen, Inc. Norwood, Massachusetts.

TickChek LLC. East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania.

Mainely Ticks has no association with any of the above state agencies or independent testing laboratories. We are simply providing initial contact information. Contact bob@mainelyticks.com if you know of a state agency or independent testing laboratory that should be added to this list.