WWHD staff will identify ticks for residents for a fee of $10. There is no additional fee for sending engorged ticks to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) for testing (Tick ID Form.) However, we no longer submit un-engorged ticks to CAES. Please note, CAES will only test ticks found on people, not pets.
Tick Submission Instructions at WWHD:
Ticks will only be accepted and processed with the following information:
- Fill out all required information on the Tick Identification Form
- The tick must be placed in a plastic Ziploc bag by itself with one or two blades of grass. DO NOT TAPE YOUR TICK TO PAPER OR ANY OTHER ITEM. Do not put water, tissues, or alcohol in the Ziploc bag.
- Attach your $10 payment and tick to the form with a paperclip, and place in the box provided in the outer vestibule; WWHD staff will identify the tick and determine if it is engorged and eligible for testing –(Check/MasterCard & Visa accepted for payment. If you pay by credit card, we will call you for payment. Submissions will not be processed without payment.)
Once all required information (Tick ID form, tick in Ziploc bag, payment) is received, you will be notified in a few days as to whether your tick is eligible for testing and what kind of tick it was.
If the tick is sent out to the laboratory for testing, it can take up to 2 weeks for the test results to come back.
After we receive the test results, we will contact you via phone/letter.
Ticks will be tested for the presence of three tick borne illnesses which include Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Ehrlichiosis.
In the past, thousands of the deer ticks submitted for testing were “flat” or un-engorged. Research has shown that infected nymphs or adults do not transmit the Lyme disease agent until tick is engorged with blood. The probability of pathogen transmission increases with time as more blood is ingested by the tick from the host. Obviously, this is why daily tick checks and early removal are so important to the avoidance of tick-borne illness. Find out more at the CAES website, www.ct.gov/caes.
Tick testing is a costly and time-consuming process. This policy greatly reduces laboratory costs, and more importantly, improves the reporting of results on the blood-fed ticks that are more likely to have transmitted the Lyme disease pathogen if infected.
There is an alternative for tick testing. The CT Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will examine ticks for the presence of the pathogen that causes Lyme Disease, Anaplasmosis or Babesiosis. for more information visit their website www.cvmdl.uconn.edu.
Fees for testing are $50 for one test, $80 for two, and $100 for all three. Ticks may be brought in or sent (wrap tick in moist paper towel and seal in zip-lock bag) to:
Connecticut Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
University of Connecticut
61 North Eagleville Rd.
Storrs, CT 06269-3203
Enclose a check for the amount due, payable to the CT. Veterinary Diagnostic Lab with your mailing. Visit their website to download a tick submission form at www.cvmdl.uconn.edu.
To contact the lab by phone, call 860-486-3738. Results will be received in 3-5 days.