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Lyme Disease Tick Identification

Only infected ticks carry pathogens that can cause disease. Testing for infected ticks can help identify areas of concern, or if someone has already been bitten by a tick it can be tested for pathogens.

EMSL provides pathogen testing of ticks. The laboratory is staffed with PhD scientists and the industry’s leading experts. EMLS’s staff has access to a wide range of advanced instrumentation and techniques, including Quantitative Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR).

EMSL provides the following environmental pathogen testing services associated with ticks, they include:

PCR Testing    
Anaplasma phagocytophilum Anaplasmosis (Test Code M261)
Babesia microti Babesiosis (Test Code M260)
Borrelia burgdorferi Lyme Disease (Test Code M196)

To learn more about sample collection techniques and tickborne pathogen testing services, contact EMSL at or call (800) 220-3675.

How to Handle Ticks for Lab Testing
Before searching for ticks please have the following items with you:

  • A pair of gloves
  • A pair of tweezers
  • Several small plastic bags

1. Wear gloves, if no gloves, use plastic bag as gloves.
2. Hold tweezers to grasp the tick close to the skin, pull straight back, and avoid crushing the tick’s body (tick body fluid may have bacteria).
3. Put ticks into bag, then put the bag into a second bag.
4. Wash the area with disinfectant.
5. Wash hands with soap and warm water.

Send ticks along with your name, address and payment for chosen turnaround time to EMSL Lab via overnight delivery by UPS or FedEx. Click here to download a Chain of Custody /Sample Submittal Form.

Attention: Tick DNA Test Lab

EMSL Analytical, Inc.

200 Route 130 North

Cinnaminson, NJ 08077

Tel: 800-220-3675



Full list of services provided for Lyme Disease Tick Identification ( click for details )
Anaplasma phagocytophilum
Babesia microti
Borrelia burgdorferi Lyme disease
Laboratories providing Lyme Disease Tick Identification ( click for details )
Atlanta, GA (LAB 07) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-1Baton Rouge, LA (LAB 25) - NVLAP Lab Code 200375-0Beltsville, MD (LAB 19) - NVLAP Lab Code 200293-0Boston, MA (LAB 13) - NVLAP Lab Code 101147-0Buffalo, NY (LAB 14) - NVLAP Lab Code 200056-0Carle Place, NY (LAB 06) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-10Charlotte, NC (LAB 41) - NVLAP Lab Code 200841-0Chicago, IL (LAB 26) - NVLAP Lab Code 200399-0Cinnaminson, NJ (LAB List in Description) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-0Dallas, TX (LAB 11) - NVLAP Lab Code 600111-0Denver, CO (LAB 22) - NVLAP Lab Code 200828-0EMSL Canada - Calgary, AB (LAB 65) - NVLAP Lab Code 500100-0EMSL Canada - Edmonton, AB (LAB 50) - NVLAP Lab Code 600321-0EMSL Canada - Markham, ON (LAB 66) - NVLAP Lab Code 600317-0EMSL Canada - Montreal, QC (LAB 68) - NVLAP Lab Code 201052-0EMSL Canada - Ottawa, ON (LAB 67) - NVLAP Lab Code 201040-0EMSL Canada - Toronto, ON (LAB 55) - NVLAP Lab Code 200877-0EMSL Canada - Vancouver, BC (LAB 69) - NVLAP Lab Code 201068-0Fort Lauderdale, FL (LAB 56) - NVLAP Lab Code 500085-0Houston, TX (LAB 15) - NVLAP Lab Code 102106-0Huntington Beach, CA (LAB 33) - NVLAP Lab Code 101384-0Indianapolis, IN (LAB 16) - NVLAP Lab Code 200188-0Kernersville, NC (LAB 02) - NVLAP Lab Code 102104-0Las Vegas, NV (LAB 31) - NVLAP Lab Code 600140-0Long Island City, NY (LAB 03) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-9Meriden, CT (LAB 24) - NVLAP Lab Code 200700-0Miami, FL (LAB 17) - NVLAP Lab Code 200204-0Minneapolis, MN (LAB 35) - NVLAP Lab Code 200019-0Ontario, California (San Bernadino County / Inland Empire) (LAB 71) - NVLAP Lab Code 600239-0Orlando, FL (LAB 34) - NVLAP Lab Code 101151-0Phoenix, AZ (LAB 12) - NVLAP Lab Code 200811-0Piscataway, NJ (LAB 05) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-2Plymouth Meeting, PA (LAB 18) - NVLAP Lab Code 200699-0Raleigh, NC (LAB 29) - NVLAP Lab Code 200671-0Rochester, NY (LAB 53) - NVLAP Lab Code 600183-0San Diego, CA (LAB 43) - NVLAP Lab Code 200855-0San Leandro, CA (LAB 09) - NVLAP Lab Code 101048-3Santa Clara, CA (LAB 47) - NVLAP Lab Code 600318-0Seattle, WA (LAB 51) - NVLAP Lab Code 200613-0South Pasadena, CA (LAB 32) - NVLAP Lab Code 200232-0South Portland, ME (LAB 62) - NVLAP Lab Code 500094-0St. Louis, MO (LAB 39) - NVLAP Lab Code 200742-0Syracuse, NY (LAB 73) - NVLAP Lab Code 600283-0Tampa, FL (LAB 93) - NVLAP Lab Code 600215-0
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