Getting your Tick Checked

The best place to get your tick analyzed for infectious potentials is at UMASS.

UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology (tick-bourne disease diagnostics)


The cost to send in a good — LIVE — tick for identification is $40 (put the live tick into a ziplock bag with a small piece of moist paper towel or blade of grass). The additional cost for testing the tick for each specific infectious organism is listed below. Full battery would come to $490.

Tick I.D. – Borrelia burgdorferi $40
Anaplasmosis – Anaplasma phagocytophilum $50
Babesiosis – Babesia microti $50
Bartonellosis – Bartonella henselae $50
Southern Tick-Associated Rash Illness – Borrelia lonestari (Putative) $50
Tularemia – Francisella tularensis $50
Human monocytotropic ehrlichiosis – Ehrlichia chaffeensis $50
Ehrlichiosis – Ehrlichia canis $50
Rocky Mountain spotted fever – Rickettsia rickettsii $50
Borrelia miyamotoi $50


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