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Tick Identification Lab - How to Submit a Tick for ID

Mail Your Specimen:

  1. Print and fill out the tick submission form (Word | PDF) and include it with your tick (please use one form for each tick being sent).
  2. Do NOT attach any tape to the tick.
  3. Place your tick in a small leak-proof container (no glass, please) with just enough rubbing alcohol to cover the specimen.
  4. Wrap the container in a paper towel (as a precaution in case the container breaks or leaks) and place it all inside a zipper-locking plastic bag.
  5. Mail to the UMaine Extension Tick ID Lab, 491 College Avenue, Orono, ME  04473-1295.

In-Person Drop-Off:

  • You can bring your tick(s) to our lab, located at 491 College Avenue in Orono. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Mon-Fri (closed for holidays). Driving directions.

The Tick ID Lab does not currently test ticks for disease-causing organisms.

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