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:

PCR Testing
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 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

Tel: 800-220-3675