Why Save Your Tick?

You may wish to save the tick for identification or testing.  Identification and testing of ticks cannot determine if transmission of a disease has or has not occurred, however knowing which species of tick you have been bitten by, what pathogens they may be carrying, and in which region of the country you were exposed may aid in your discussions with your medical care provider regarding diagnosis and treatment considerations. Remember NO testing is 100% reliable! Negative results do not necessarily mean no disease transmission.  Ticks may carry pathogens for which tests are not yet commercially available.

Never wait on results of tick testing to see a doctor…especially if experiencing any signs of illness. Never ignore signs of illness even if tick test results are negative. The tick that was tested may not be the only tick that bit. 
  • Save the tick in a plastic zip lock bag or other small airtight container noting the location and date of the tick bite in case testing of the tick is desired. Contact the individual testing centers for preservation and shipping instructions.  Do not place in scotch tape!

Tick Identification and Testing Centers

TICKNOLOGY is a Colorado based company offering reliable and affordable tick testing for 8 diseases including, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis, Borrelia miyamotoi, Borrelia mayonii, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Ehrlichiosis & Tularemia. Low fee tick testing is made possible through the commercial sales of their innovative products and tick removal kits.  COTBDAA is the grateful recipient of the 2017 Ticknology sponsorship award! Order your test. 

TickTracker is the first app that helps users report and track ticks in real time. Download now to start tracking and help educate in the battle against tick borne illness! Report and track ticks…then send them in for testing!

IGeneX, Inc. Laboratory offers PCR-based tick testing for a fee. They can determine if the tick that bit a patient was positive for: Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Disease), Relapsing Fever Borrelia (including B. miyamotoi), Babesia, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, Bartonella, and Rickettsia.

US Army Public Health Center – A free tick identification and testing service for all Department of Defense health care facilities, provided by the APHC. For additional information or to request services, contact the Tick-borne Disease Lab: by phone (410) 436-5421 or by email usarmy.apg.medcom-aphc.mbx.tickcom@mail.mil.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment accepting tick submissions from Colorado veterinarians as part of their passive surveillance efforts. Tick species identification is being done by the medical entomologist, however no tick testing is available for the public

TickEncounter is a great resource for tick identification. You may also participate in their TickSpotters Citizen Science Project by submitting a photo and information about your tick to help them track tick activity annually. They offer both tick identification services and testing through their partnership with UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology, TickReport which offers tick testing for 19 diseases for a fee. Results are available within 3 business days.