If you have been bitten by a tick and want it tested for disease, you can submit the tick to a local public health lab for testing. Although we do not test or submit ticks for testing, we are happy to identify any tick species. Ticks brought to or mailed to our office for identification should be put into a zip-lock plastic bag with water moistened cotton or tissue. If the tick(s) are sent directly to a lab, place the tick into a crush-proof container or vial with a small piece of moistened cotton or tissue, complete the laboratory’s request form and submit. The following laboratories available for testing ticks for Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases:

Ticks that are alive or have been recently killed may be tested by Indirect Fluorescent Antibody (IFA). The laboratories below will test tick by IFA tests:

Santa Rosa

County of Sonoma, Department of Health Services, Public Health Lab, 3313 Chanate Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 94504, (707) 565-4711

Tick test request form and fees available at

Form and Fees

San Rafael

Marin County Public Health Lab, 3260 Kerner Blvd., San Rafael, CA 94901, (415) 473-4400, Extension 707

Tick test request form and fees available at

Form and Fees

San Jose

Santa Clara County Public Health Lab, 2220 Moorpark Ave., 2nd Fl. San Jose, CA 95128, 408.885-4272

Tick test request form and fees available at

Form and Fees

A tick that is dried or dead for long time should be placed in alcohol and tested by Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) at the lab below.

Palo Alto

IGeneX, Inc., 797 San Antonio Rd., Palo Alto, CA. 94303. Phone: 800-832-3200

Tick test request form and fees available at

Form and Fees

 
 

For more information, please contact our Vector Ecologist at
Alameda County Vector Control Services District at 510-567-6800

Complete our online request form REQUEST NOW