Why Save Your Tick?
It is a good idea to identify and test your tick. Identification and testing of ticks cannot determine if transmission of a disease has or has not occurred. Knowing which species of tick you have been bitten by, what pathogens they may be carrying, and in which region of the country you were exposed may aid in diagnosis and treatment with your medical care provider. Please beware NO testing is 100% reliable! Negative results do not necessarily mean no disease transmission. Ticks may carry pathogens for which tests are not yet commercially available.
Save the tick in a plastic zip lock bag or other small airtight container. It is better if the tick is alive and placed with a damp small piece of paper towel so it will not dry out. Please note the location you found the tick and date of the tick bite. Contact the individual testing centers for preservation and shipping instructions. Do not place on scotch tape!