Citizen Science Tick testing

                                                               FREE TICK TESTING!

Why do we test ticks at no cost to you?

One of our lab's research projects is to investigate the geographic expansion of ticks and tick-borne diseases in New York. We repeatedly collect ticks at various locations in CNY, however we will not be able to cover the entire NY state. Thus, the ticks that we receive from you will help us to expand our scientific investigations.

What pathogens do we test?

Ticks will be identified by species before testing for pathogens. We use nucleic acid detection methods to identify pathogens in the tick samples. At this time, we are capable of detecting the following pathogens: Borrelia burgdorferi, Borrelia miyamotoi, Babesia sp.,  Ehrlichia sp., Powassan virus (POWV Lineage 1), Deer tick virus (POWV Lineage 2), Heartland virus, and Bourbon virus. 

How long does it take?

Ideally, we will be processing the samples within 10-12 business days of sample receipt (see our Holiday updates for more information) and shall disseminate the results (tick species and pathogen/s identified) via email.  

How to send ticks to our lab?

1. Put the ticks (preferably collected in the last 48 hours) in a Ziploc (or similar) bag with a piece of moist tissue paper or grass.

2. Place the zip-lock bag in an envelope with the following information:

     - Date:

     - Location (please provide the zip code and County ):

     - Was the tick collected from a human or a  pet (dog or cat)  or any other wild animal.

     - Email address to share the test results:

(Note: If the tick appears dried/desiccated, we will not be able to process them for tick-borne disease agent detection).

3. Ship the envelope to the address below:

Thangamani Lab

4209 Institute for Human Performance (IHP)

505 Irving Avenue 

SUNY Center for Environmental Health and Medicine

SUNY Upstate Medical University 

Syracuse NY 13210 


The tick testing is meant only for academic / research purposes, and should not be considered as a diagnostic tool or as a basis on which to make health care decisions.