https://www.ticklab.org

Have you been bitten by a tick & Want it Tested?

The Pennsylvania Tick Research Lab can analyze your tick, testing for tick-borne diseases. Order your test online by clicking link above.

If the tick is a deer tick (Ixodes scapularis), the following 4 pathogens are tested for:

  • Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease)
  • Anaplasma phagocytophilum (anaplasmosis)
  • Babesia microti (babesiosis)
  • Powassan virus Lineage II (Deer tick virus).

If the tick is a non-deer tick, the following 4 pathogens are tested for:

  • Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease)
  • Ehrlichia chaffeensis (ehrlichiosis)
  • Rickettsia general species (RMSF)
  • Francisells tularensis (tularemia)

Out of State residents may also have a basic panel for $50 which includes 3 tests depending upon the tick species, $100 for an advanced panel which includes 6 tests, and $175 for the comprehensive panel which covers all pathogens related to the tick species.

There are options to upgrade to advanced and comprehensive testing panels at discounted rates for Pennsylvanian residents. If you want the advanced/comprehensive testing a check needs to be included with the tick.

Once they receive the tick, test results are obtained within three business days.

Please feel free to email wildlifedna@esu.edu or call 570-422-7892 if you have any questions.

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**Comment**

Tick testing is a great service; however, testing isn’t always 100% accurate and it’s also possible to have symptoms before the results come back.

In this case, a little girl couldn’t walk or talk within 4-6 hours of tick attachment:  https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2016/12/07/igenex-presentation/. Great video by microbiologist Holly Ahern on transmission times. The longer the tick is attached, the greater the risk, however….

Minimum time required to transmit Lyme disease has never been determined as well as transmission times for many other pathogens. Coinfection is common

https://madisonarealymesupportgroup.com/2018/10/30/study-shows-lyme-msids-patients-infected-with-many-pathogens-and-explains-why-we-are-so-sick/