Ticknology offers national tick testing services for all ticks. Ticks can be mailed directly to our laboratory in Fort Collins, CO. Contact Ticknology for more information.
Have a question? Visit our FAQs page here.
425 John Deere Dr. STE 5
Fort Collins, CO 80524
Call or text: (970) 305-5587
Your questions concerning specimen condition and mailing instructions may be found in our frequently asked questions (FAQs) page. This includes answers to questions concerning damaged ticks, ticks stuck in tape, ticks stored in alcohol, how to place an online order, what to do if you don't have your order number, and other concerns relating to tick testing and shipment. We will email you when your tick arrives at the lab and again with your tick test results. If you are symptomatic, do not wait for test results to consult a physician. For specific questions please contact Ticknology using the form above or text us. We are here to help!
How to remove a tick
Removing a tick and saving it for tick testing is an important step in preventing tick-borne diseases. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to remove a tick and save it for testing:
1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the skin’s surface as possible. Avoid squeezing the tick’s body, as this can cause the tick to release infected fluids into the bite site.
2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Do not twist or jerk the tick as this can cause the tick's mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin.
3. Once the tick is removed, clean the bite site with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
4. Place the tick in a dry Ziploc bag. double bag for added security.
5. Label the bag with the date, the location of the tick bite and the name of the person who was bitten.
6. Store the tick in the refrigerator (short-term storage (days to weeks)) or freezer (long-term storage (months to years)) prior to tick testing.
CDC recommendation here.