Lyme disease, the most common tickborne disease in the United States, can cause fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin rash called erythema migrans. If left untreated, infection can spread to joints, the heart, and the nervous system.
TickCheck™ can determine with 99.99% accuracy if the tick that bit you carries Lyme or 10 additional tick-borne diseases. Here's how it works:
Symptoms of Lyme appear days or weeks after the initial bite. Only tick testing enables you to determine if you were exposed to a tick-borne disease before symptoms ever appear, allowing you to discuss proactive treatment options with your doctor. Get your tick tested now!
Lyme disease is the most common disease transmitted by tick bites, and Virginia is a high-risk region. Symptoms commonly mimic influenza and arthritis, and may develop into serious neurological or cardiac conditions.
Who are we? TickCheck.com is a collaboration with East Stroudsburg University's Northeast Wildlife DNA Laboratory in Pennsylvania.
We're a full-service University DNA laboratory, and have been testing ticks since 2006. And since 2014, we've tested 2,642 ticks from Virginia, and much more nationwide. Have questions? Read our FAQ or give us a call at 1-866-713-TICK!Test Your Tick Now »
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This was my first time using TickCheck and I will absolutely use them again. We found a semi-engorged tick on our 2 year olds head and wasn’t sure how long it had been there. We were able to successfully pull off the tick in its entirety and enclosed it in a plastic bag. We sent it to TickCheck on a Saturday via a USPS letter envelope. By Monday morning we had a text that the tick had been received and identified. By Tuesday evening we had a text and full email report with the results. It allowed us to determine the right course of action as swiftly as possible. Excellent all around!
But it might have been nice to see the simple words: 'NO LYME HERE!' on the results, since most folks, like me, don't know the technical names for all the infective organisms out there on tick bodies? Glad I'm in the clear. Also, might have liked to know if this tick type is actually local to better determine where it might have been picked up? I'd just flown in from Michigan...
Incredibly responsive and fast testing. Would highly recommend. Have used them many times during the last few years and are always very satisfied with the quick response. Trust them implicitly!
I found a small male Lone Star tick that was on my thigh for at least 3 days after a night of surf fishing. The areas that I fish are near saltwater marshes and brush that have a large number of white tail deer as well as Deer ticks and Lone Star ticks. I mailed the tick to Tick Check on a Monday morning and had my results back by Thursday evening. Good news is the tick test negative. I've been bitten more times than I can count. I've been in healthcare as a licensed provider for 43 years and know the dangers of these critters. This was the first time I decided to get the tick tested and I was completely satisfied with my neg results. Had the results been positive for a tick borne disease, it would have given my primary care provider the info necessary for adequate treatment. I would use TickCheck services again.
I am so grateful for finding this company! Last week, I found an engorged tick biting my scalp and believed it to have been there for over 48hours. Since I am 6 weeks pregnant, I was horrified that I might have contracted a tick-borne illness and not know which one, or that I’d take potentially harmful-to-fetus antibiotics that I didn’t really need since I was still asymptomatic. I learned about this company from a friend in Colorado and decided to test the tick before taking prophylactic medication. I overnight shipped the tick to TickCheck for a comprehensive panel (better to be safe than sorry) and received my negative lab results about 48 hours after I brought the tick to UPS. 24hours after shipment, I received a text and email with the tick species identified. This was helpful since I had incorrectly identified it as a deer tick, rather than an American dog tick. So, already, the antibiotics prescribed to me for potential lymes disease would possibly not have helped for diseases carried by the dog tick species. This information was so valuable! 24 hours after the tick species was identified, I received my lab results. Thank you so much for your services. I just wish that health providers could or knew to recommend these services as well. My microbiome and growing baby are much happier and safer without the unneeded antibiotics!