Tick Submission Guidelines
Tick Testing in 3 Easy Steps
Save your tick in a plastic bag.
Order your test online.
Send it to our lab.
SOS! If you or a family member have been bitten by a tick, testing it for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases may aid in immediate medical decisions. It’s easy! Simply remove and save your tick in a Ziploc bag, order a Universal Tick Test online and then send us your specimen using supplies from home.
- Secure each tick (dead or alive) in a Ziploc bag. Keep the body intact. Place a slightly dampened cotton ball or piece of paper towel/napkin (~ 1-inch x 1- inch) in the bag with the tick (do not wrap the tick). This will help preserve the tick for identification purposes. If the tick is alive, great! Double-bag it for added security.
- Write your name and order number on the envelope/bag/or piece of paper. USPS is preferred. We have received both First-Class and Priority mail.
- Send to: TICKNOLOGY, LLC
1612 Laporte Ave. Unit 6
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Scenario 1: Tick bites from a single person: place each specimen (maximum 4) in separate baggies so we recover them all. Order 1 tick test at checkout (Qty 1).
Scenario 2: Tick bites from different people: place each specimen in separate baggies and label each with a unique identifier for example "John" and "Jane" or "A" and "B". Order more than one tick test at checkout (Qty. >1).
**Adjust postage for the additional weight.
Shipping - Dos & Don'ts
DO: write order# or name/email address/phone # on the specimen bag or paper included in the envelope.
DO: Use United States Postal Service
DO: send your specimen in a padded, cardboard or reinforced envelope
DO: transfer your specimen(s) to individual Ziploc bag(s) (rather than a container).
DO: track your envelope when possible
DO: add more postage if the envelope ***exceeds ¼ inch thickness***
DO NOT: Use UPS- UPS is not reliable and unable to provide adequate customer service for delivery.
DO NOT: send certified (or signature required) mail as we use a mail box.
DO NOT: use tape to secure the tick.
DO NOT: send medium or large size boxes.
You will be notified by email when your tick has arrived.
Test results will be emailed to you within 24-72 hr by choosing Priority Processing at checkout.
Please contact Ticknology. We will respond within 24 hours.