Test My Tick
Ticks do not have to be alive to be tested. Please be aware that burning a tick or coating it in any substance (such as soap or alcohol) may make it impossible to test for disease.
Although there is no time limit for a tick to be tested, it is best to send your tick for testing as soon as possible. A positive test result may allow you to receive treatment before you experience symptoms.
No kit is needed for collecting and sending a tick specimen. Simply place your tick in a sealed plastic bag and mail it, along with your order receipt, to our laboratory. After you complete the order process, you’ll receive instructions for mailing your tick to our lab.
Safe removal of a tick helps prevent disease. Using tweezers or a tick removal tool, grip the tick as close to the head as possible. Pull the tick out carefully; squeezing or twisting the tick could increase the risk of infection. Note that coating the tick in any substance could also increase your risk and make it impossible to test the tick for disease. Place the tick in a sealed plastic bag. Clean the bite with an antiseptic, such as alcohol, immediately after removing the tick.