Tick Testing & Identification
There are places where the public can have tick testing conducted and/or identified to see if they contain the Lyme bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi, and/or other disease organisms that can infect humans or pets. There are generally charges for these services.
LDA does not make recommendations:
- whether you should have ticks tested
- about specific testing or identification facilities
- about the reliability of tick testing
- whether you should wait for the results before seeking/getting treatment
- whether you should base your treatment on your tick testing results
*Above items are decisions that need to be made by you after reviewing material on the topic and discussing the benefits/risks with a professional.
Save tick alive if possible. Do NOT put in tape. Place in airtight container or zip lock bag. Check with the labs for proper packaging and mailing of the ticks, the types of organisms tested for and the associated costs.
Tick-testing lab examples from Lyme Disease Association’s LymeR Primer brochure
IGeneX Labs- Click Here
MDL- Click Here
NJ Labs- Click Here
Clongen Laboratories- Click Here
Additional Tick Identification and Testing Laboratories
Tick Identification Services Only*
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (FREE for Colorado Veterinarians)- Click Here
Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (FREE for Michigan Residents)- Click Here
Midwest Center of Excellence @UW-Madison(FREE for Midwest Residents)- Click Here
Monmouth County (NJ) Mosquito Control Division (Monmouth County Residents ONLY)- Click Here
New Hampshire (FREE for New Hampshire Residents)- Click Here
Vermont (FREE for Vermont Residents)- Click Here
*As services may change, check with your own State or County health department on what services they may provide.