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.