Ticks - Identification & Testing

Testing


Placer County Public Health Laboratory
11475 ā€œCā€ Avenue, Auburn, CA 95603
Phone: 530-889-7205

Tests for lyme disease are performed on ticks of proper species only, Tuesdays and Fridays. Call the lab to confirm current prices and specimen requirements.

Alternatively


Contact your doctor to ask for tick testing thru Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Lab. Tick is sent to Quest Lab.

Determine Tick Type


To determine the type of the tick (without testing) call before going to:

Nevada County Office of Agriculture


950 Maidu Avenue
Suite 170
Nevada City, CA 95959
Phone: 530-470-2690

Farm Advisor UC Davis Extension


Grass Valley Veterans Building
255 S Auburn Street
Suite 1
Grass Valley, CA 95945
Phone: 530-273-4563

Specimen Requirements


  • Tick specimen must be in good condition
  • Fresh, preferably live, not dried up
  • Whole with all parts intact, not crushed
  • Do not put tick in alcohol or other desiccant
    (Dead ticks in alcohol can only be PCR tested)
  • May put a moist blade of grass, leaf or cotton in a non-breakable container with the tick