Insect-Borne Diseases

Lyme Disease & Tick Information


How to Submit a Tick for Testing

Please fill out the Tick Submission Form (PDF), attach your tick in a zip lock bag with your/your child's name on the bag, and mail it to Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES), the address is on the bottom of the Submission Form. If you don't use the fillable format, please make sure that your email address is clearly written. You will receive results in an email from "CAES Tick Testing" (check spam folders, as well).

The Tick Testing Lab at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station is a state-funded laboratory that has offered tick testing services to the residents of Connecticut free of charge since 1990.

Five Steps to Prevent Tick Bites

  1. Wear long pants tucked in socks
  2. Consider a repellent
  3. Bathe, look, and feel for ticks after leaving the tick habitat, and remove any ticks.
  4. Have ticks properly identified or tested.
  5. Check pets for ticks, use tick control products; consult with the veterinarian about canine Lyme disease vaccine.

Lyme Disease Outlook 2023: What to Expect and How to Prepare

Know what to look for: Ticks by Species and Rashes

Prevention Strategies: Tick Checks and Use of Repellent (PDF)
Tick Time - PSA Video from Region 1 Health Departments