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 January 2017. Any questions people have about situations that may affect their health should be directed to their health care provider.
Analytical Services, Inc
130 Allen Brook Lane
Williston, VT 05495
$65/tick for species identification and testing for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease, with a 5-business day turn-around.
Connecticut Pathology Laboratories Inc.
1320 Main Street, Suite 24
Willimantic, CT 06226
$64 to test for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease
795/797 San Antonio Rd.
Palo Alto, CA, 94303
$65 to test for the bacteria that causes Lyme disease
$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.
220 Norwood Park
Norwood, MA 02062
$75/tick for species identification and testing for the bacteria that cause Lyme disease
University of Massachusetts Laboratory of Medical Zoology
101 Fernald Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003
$50/tick for species identification and testing for the most common bacteria carried by the species of tick submitted.
This information is provided by Epidemiology Program within the Department of Public Health.