An Important Announcement to Our Clients:

The Tick Lab is still accepting tick samples, however, due to the uncertainty surrounding the current COVID-19 outbreak, we cannot guarantee a three-day turnaround for submitted ticks. Ticks must be mailed to the lab as we are not accepting in-person drop-offs.

If you have questions, please contact us at:  tickID@maine.edu


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.  We test ticks only and cannot provide testing for human or animal samples. Consulting a physician should not wait until tick testing results are available.


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. The Tick Lab tests ticks only and does not provide testing for human or animal samples. 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 our Frequently Asked Questions page and our Policies and Procedures page.

Contact us at tickID@maine.edu.