What should you do with a tick that has been removed?

You can reduce your chances of infection by searching for, and removing, attached ticks.

We suggest that you retain (save) the tick and then learn more about it. Why? Because gaining insight about your tick can be useful to you. It is often important to know the:

  • kind (species) of tick you’ve removed. If it is a dog tick, for instance, you need not be concerned about Lyme disease.
  • age (stage of development) of the tick. Risk from deer ticks is greatest in their nymphal and adult stages; larvae are of virtually no concern.
  • duration of attachment (how long it has been feeding). Because the likelihood of pathogen transmission rises with time, this is a critical consideration.

We can examine the actual specimen as well as digital images and provide you valuable insight. In particular, we will identify the kind and stage of development of the tick, and estimate (based upon the extent of engorgement) the duration of attachment and feeding. This information may be of significance to you and to your physician. So, save the tick and have it identifiedAccess our Specimen Evaluation Form here.

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