An Important Announcement to Our Clients:
On December 2, 2019 the tick submission website will be taken down for maintenance. Service will be restored in March of 2020. During this maintenance period, ticks can still be submitted to the laboratory for testing, however, the online submission system and the results of previous tests will be unavailable. To submit a tick for testing or to obtain a copy of your test report while the maintenance is in progress, please reach out to the laboratory at:

We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience as we bring important new features to our website in 2020.

Tick Testing for the People of Maine

We do not offer testing services to individuals located outside of Maine.

The tick testing service is intended to provide surveillance information on ticks and tick-borne disease in Maine.  Consulting a physician should not wait until tick testing results are available.

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    Submit a Tick for Testing ($15)

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    Submit a tick for ID (Free)

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    Submission Instructions

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    Check Test Status

The Tick Lab does not offer medical advice.

Understanding the results of your tick test
The testing of tick samples is intended to provide information on ticks in Maine and is not intended to be used in human health assessment or to be interpreted as a medical diagnosis. If you have been bitten by a tick, do not wait until tick testing results are available to consult with your doctor.

If a tick tests positive for an infection, it does not mean that the tick passed the infection to the person it fed upon. If a tick tests negative for infection, it does not mean that the person it fed upon is not at risk.

For more information on the details of our testing program please view the Question and Answer Page and our Policies and Procedures Page.

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