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.
How do I get my tick tested?
1. Order the Universal Tick Test online and receive your order #. You can print the form or write the number down - an automatic email will be sent to you. Check your inbox/spam/funk folder for more information.
2. Secure each tick (dead or alive) in a Ziploc bag. Keep the body intact. If the tick is alive then double-bag it for added security and place a slightly damp (1"x 1" small) paper towel in the bag.
- Do not wrap the tick in paper or tissue
- Avoid excess moisture-avoid pooling water or droplets in the bag
- Avoid mold
- Store in the fridge
- Use bubble wrap for engorged ticks
- When in doubt, sending/storing the tick in a dry bag is preferred.
3. Write account holder name and order number on the envelope/bag/or piece of paper. UPS or FedEx are preferred (10AM-5PM). USPS is also accepted. Track your envelope- DoNot request a signature for delivery!
4. Send to: TICKNOLOGY, LLC
1612 Laporte Ave. Unit 9
Fort Collins, CO 80521
We no longer recommend using USPS mail (FedEx & UPS are preferred). Please upgrade your chosen mail service to include tracking, reinforced packaging and better all-around service.
Scenario 1: 2 ticks are combined for one set of results: place each specimen in a separate baggie so we recover them all. There is a maximum of 2 ticks per test and they must be approximately the same size. Order 1 tick test at checkout (Qty 1). If you have 3 ticks, place each in a separate baggie, order 2 tests (Qty. =2) and indicate which of the 2 ticks you would like to combine. *In general, this cost saving approach is not recommended. DNA activity/quality cannot be determined for individual ticks when combining ticks in a single reaction.
Scenario 2: Ticks are tested separately for separate results (recommended): place each specimen in separate baggies and label each with a unique identifier for example "John" and "Jane" or "A" and "B". Order one tick test for each tick (Qty. >1).
**Adjust postage for the additional weight.
Shipping - Dos & Don'ts
- Write order# or name/email address/phone # on the specimen bag or paper included in the envelope.
- Use UPS or FedEx. IF using United States Postal Service (USPS), then PRIORITY Express mail is preferred.
- Ship your specimen in a padded, cardboard or reinforced envelope.
- Transfer your specimen(s) to individual Ziploc bag(s) (rather than a container).
- Track your envelope.
- Add more postage if the envelope ***exceeds ¼ inch thickness*** (First Class USPS (not preferred)).
DO NOT (may cause delay (1 business day):
- Certified mail (signature required).
- Special AM deliveries- delivery attempts before 10AM are unreliable.
- Use tape to secure the tick.
- Send medium or large size boxes.
Most Common Mistakes:
Excessive water- do not have pooling water or soaking wet paper towel in your specimen bag. In most cases dry is better for better test results.
DO NOT wrap your tick in a soaking wet paper towel- the contents of your tick will get diluted and lost in the paper towel or pooling water.
The wrong name is provided with the specimen and/or hand written order number-if you do not have a printout with your order number, we require 2 ways to match your specimen with your account. Always include account information such as name, email address, billing address, phone number or order number.
Directions are not followed when submitting multiple specimens-We only combine 2 specimens for a single test for a single set of results. If you send us more ticks than the number of tests ordered - your test will be delayed as we try to contact you. See our directions above and include a detailed note if necessary.
Not enough postage for USPS stamped mail- the postal will leave a pink slip for stamped envelopes over 1/4" thick- thick envelopes are considered 'parcels' and are charged ~$3.50. This will significantly delay your test. These envelopes remain at the post office and require in-person pick up and payment for the postage.
Did not track your envelope-wondering why you have not been contacted by Ticknology about your specimen? Your specimen is most likely lost or delayed.
Tick explodes in the bag- engorged ticks should be protected using padding and reinforced envelopes. Your mail may go through rollers and large ticks can be crushed.
Tick escapes from the bag-There are defects in plastic bags that you may not see. Double bag your specimen to avoid escape or damage.
Excessive packaging- Keep it simple. Excessive tape, boxes within boxes, envelopes within envelopes- are often not necessary and can become cumbersome to our staff. Please keep this in mind when preparing your specimen.
Sending extra specimens - sending extra specimens that aren't meant for immediate testing will cause confusion and delay.
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.