Ixodes scapularis ticks (deer ticks) may be tested for the presence of Borrelia burgdorferi, the causative organism of Lyme disease and Babesia microti, the causative organism of human babesiosis. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is utilized to detect specific DNA sequences of
B. burgdorferi and B. microti.

Caution should be used in evaluating the clinical significance of the results of tick testing. Although the test accurately identifies the presence or absence of B. burgdorferi and/or
B. microti DNA within the tick, whether or not transmission of the organism(s) to the person has occurred cannot be determined. If B. burgdorferi and/or B. microti DNA has not been detected within the tick, the person could have been exposed to additional ticks of which the infection status is unknown.

Please refer to the additional information in this section for instructions for tick submission and a printable test requisition form.

Instructions for Submitting a Tick for Testing

The Imugen laboratory provides testing services for the detection of B. burgdorferi (Lyme Disease spirochete) and B. microti (Babesia parasite) by PCR. This testing is performed on Ixodes scapularis ticks only.

Requirements for Tick Testing

Ticks WILL NOT be tested if placed in formalin or on tape.

Place tick in a ziplock bag, then into a padded envelope or crushproof container.

Fill out a Tick Requisition Form with your name and address so a result can be mailed to you.

Please note that the charge for tick testing is as follows:

  • $75.00 for B. burgdorferi (Lyme Disease spirochete)
  • $75.00 for B. microti (Babesia parasite)
  • $98.00 for both B. burgdorferi and B. microti

Checks or signed credit card information must accompany ticks or testing will not be performed. Ticks should be sent to:

Attn: Tick Testing
315 Norwood Park South
Norwood, MA 02062

Results are available in approximately 15 business days following receipt of tick.

You may download and print these instructions here.

If you have any questions, please contact us.