Tick Testing Locations
Several laboratories around the country perform tick testing. Many laboratories will charge a fee, but you may be able to find resources through state and local university programs at no charge. But keep in mind that many university programs are subject to funding constraints or may stop collecting ticks for testing upon completion of their research projects, so it’s beneficial to have a few resources to choose from.
If you’ve been bitten by a tick or think you might have been, you can send the tick to IGenex to determine if it harbors tick-borne diseases, which could make you sick. You can pick from several pathogens. Fees are based upon the number of pathogens you test.
If you suspect you’ve had a tick bite, you can order a Universal Tick Test online from Ticknology — no kit required. The test looks for several disease-causing pathogens. Fees are based on the expediency of the results.
Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL)
CVMDL will examine and identify the tick using a microscope to gather information such as tick species, life stage, and degree of blood engorgement. The laboratory tests for a variety of tick types and tick pathogens. Fees are based on the kind of testing panel you choose.
Test Ticks is a service offered by NJ Labs. Test panels use quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) to test up to eight organisms at a time. Fees are based on the type of tick testing you order.
If you’ve been bitten by a tick, TickCheck can assess if the tick carries Lyme disease or other tick-borne infections. The company offers a range of services from basic to comprehensive panels. Fees vary based on the type of panel you pick.