How to test your tick

Submitting your tick

The process for submitting ticks online is pretty simple, and can be initiated by visiting our order site here:

The order process collects the following information:

  1. Your contact information
  2. Your selection from our menu of DNA and RNA tests
  3. Information about the tick’s host (human or pet, age, attachment time, etc.)
  4. Payment information

When your order is complete, you will be assigned a five-digit order number. You will need to include the order # with your tick when you mail the specimen to us (preferably on the plastic bag containing your tick and the outer packaging).  This STEP IS VERY IMPORTANT since this is the way we link the information you entered with the tick and payment we receive.  Please use your order number in any communication with us so we can serve you better.

All of your personal information is kept confidential and is used only for purposes of communicating results to you.  We never share this information.

What can you expect to receive?

Your customized TickReport will include information about the host (provided by you) and your tick; we identify its species, stage, and sex (if possible). We also provide two photo micrographs of your tick (dorsal and ventral, i.e from belly-side and back-side), the results of tests you ordered (positive or negative), and an option to order additional tests if you wish to do so.