To combat the threat of tick-borne diseases to the residents of Monmouth County, the Tick-borne Diseases Program of the Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission provides the service of Tick Identification and Testing as part of an ongoing research program. Ticks that are identified as the black-legged tick can also be tested for infection with the Lyme disease spirochete. The tick can be tested whether it is alive or dead. There is a $25 fee to cover the cost of the laboratory test.
The tick identification and test results do not represent the diagnosis of disease in humans or animals. Identification of the tick species and test results can provide helpful information to you and your health care provider in evaluating and making diagnostic/treatment decisions. The identification and analysis of a submitted tick does not rule out the possibility that you may have had other undetected tick bites. Actual clinical symptoms should never be discounted based on the tick identification and test results. More information can be found at the Monmouth County Mosquito Extermination Commission website.