MDPH does not offer tick identification or tick testing. If you choose to have a tick tested, it is important to keep in mind the following:
  • Tests performed on the ticks are not perfect and they do not test for all infections ticks may be carrying. Therefore, even with a negative result, people should still monitor themselves for the appearance of rash, fever or other unusual symptoms and immediately seek the advice of a health care provider should any symptoms occur.

  • If someone has been infected by a tick bite, symptoms may begin to occur even before the results of tick testing are available. People should not to wait for tick testing results before seeking medical advice should any symptoms develop.

  • A positive test on a tick is not an automatic indication that treatment is needed. A positive test indicates that the tick was infected but not that the tick was successful in spreading the infection to the person bitten. The longer a tick is attached to you, the greater the chance that it will spread infection. Discuss any positive test results with your health care provider.

The following organizations, listed alphabetically, do offer tick identification and/or testing services for a fee. The listing of these organizations does not constitute an endorsement by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health of the organization, or information, products, or services provided, and none should be inferred. This list is provided as a guide to tick identification and/or testing services available for Massachusetts' residents. This list may not be comprehensive and the contact and price information may change at any time. The information was up-to-date as of May 2009. Any questions people have about situations that may affect their health should be directed to their health care provider.

Analytical Services, Inc
Tick Testing

130 Allen Brook Lane
Williston, VT 05495
1-800-723-4432
www.analyticalservices.com
$65/tick for species identification and testing for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, with a 5-business day turn-around.

Berkshire Medical Center
Molecular Biology Laboratory

725 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-447-2599
$75/tick for species identification and testing for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease

Connecticut Pathology Laboratories Inc.
1320 Main Street, Suite 24
Willimantic, CT 06226
860-450-1823
connpathlab@snet.net
$64 to test for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease

IGeneX, Inc.
795/797 San Antonio Rd.
Palo Alto, CA, 94303
800-832-3200
www.igenex.com
$65 to test for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease

IdentifyUS LLC
320 Needham St., Suite 200
Newton, MA 02464
http://identify.us.com
help@identify.us.com

$20 per specimen or image evaluation (species identification, stage of development & estimated feeding duration). Turn-around time is usually the same day the specimens are received. Digital images, if of sufficient quality, can be uploaded to the web site for even faster service. Imaging instructions are provided on the website.

Imugen, Inc.
220 Norwood Park
Norwood, MA 02062
1-800-246-8436
www.imugen.com
$75/tick for species identification and testing for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease

UMass Extension Diagnostic Lab
Tick Assessment

Agricultural Engineering Building
250 Natural Resources Way
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003

$40/tick for species identification and testing for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. A submission form from the website must be included with the sample.


This information is provided by Epidemiology Program within the Department of Public Health.