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Testing for LD

Laboratories that will test ticks

1. University of Massachusetts Extension

UMass Extension, in cooperation with researchers at UMass Amherst, will assess specimens to determine whether your tick is a black legged tick (deer ticks), and if so, will determine whether or not they carry the bacterium that causes Lyme Disease.There is a fee of $35 per sample.

The test can detect the Lyme disease pathogen from a single tick.

To submit a sample, download the submission form and follow the instructions found on their website. Click here.

2. State University of New York, Stony Brook

This laboratory is a division of the Clinical Immunology Laboratory in the Department of Pathology at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine. This laboratory has been performing Lyme disease testing on clinical specimens since 1984. The laboratory is fully licensed and accredited by the NY Department of Health, JCAHO, and CAP. The laboratory performs approximately 36,000 Lyme disease tests on patient specimens per year. Click here to go the website.

3. IdentifyUS LLC. 

IdentifyUS provides professional services to quickly identify pests and other items of interest or concern. We work with individuals, businesses, schools, laboratories, physicians, museums, libraries and just about anybody else who needs expert identification of a pest species. We concentrate on bed bugs, ticks, and head lice because the need is so great, however, we have broad entomological experience and are growing our network of experts to constantly expand our service offerings with a wider range of identification skills so check back for updated listings of pest species that we cover. Click here to go the website.

Brigham and Women's Lyme Disease Prevention Program