Only infected ticks carry pathogens that can cause disease. Testing for infected ticks can help identify areas of concern, or if someone has already been bitten by a tick it can be tested for pathogens.
EMSL provides pathogen testing of ticks. The laboratory is staffed with PhD scientists and the industry’s leading experts. EMLS’s staff has access to a wide range of advanced instrumentation and techniques, including Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR).
EMSL provides the following environmental pathogen testing services associated with ticks, they include:
|Anaplasma phagocytophilum||Anaplasmosis||(Test Code M261)|
|Babesia microti||Babesiosis||(Test Code M260)|
|Borrelia burgdorferi||Lyme Disease||(Test Code M196)|
To learn more about sample collection techniques and tickborne pathogen testing services, contact EMSL at info@EMSL.com or call (800) 220-3675.
How to Handle Ticks for Lab Testing
Before searching for ticks please have the following items with you:
- A pair of gloves
- A pair of tweezers
- Several small plastic bags
|1.||Wear gloves, if no gloves, use plastic bag as gloves.|
|2.||Hold tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin, pull straight back, and avoid crushing the tick’s body (tick body fluid may have bacteria).|
|3.||Put ticks into bag, then put the bag into a second bag.|
|4.||Wash the area with disinfectant.|
|5.||Wash hands with soap and warm water.|
Send ticks along with your name, address and payment for chosen turnaround time to EMSL Lab via overnight delivery by UPS or FedEx. Click here to download a DNA Tick Test Sample Submittal Form.
Attention: Tick DNA Test Lab
EMSL Analytical, Inc.
200 Route 130 North
Cinnaminson, NJ 08077