How to Perform a Tick Examination

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If you have been bitten by a tick, the best course of action is to remove it and take it to a health care provider for a tick examination. Make sure you wear disposable gloves when handling ticks. Using tweezers or forceps, grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible and pull upward with steady pressure. Avoid twisting or jerking as this can cause the tick’s mouthparts to break off. Do not try to use household heat to remove the tick. This link –

If You Are Not Able To Obtain The Necessary Specimens For Tick Examination

If you are unsure whether you have been exposed to ticks, you can contact your local county vector control office for information. Simply type in your county’s name and “vector control” to find the office. This office will typically provide educational materials and information on tick testing. You may also be able to submit your ticks yourself if you prefer. The CT Agricultural Experiment Station offers this service to the public. You may have to pay a nominal fee if you have a tick that needs to be examined.

If you are not able to obtain the necessary specimens for tick examination, you can use mobile applications to help you identify the tick and calculate its scutal index. However, if the specimen is not able to be analyzed using such mobile applications, it will need to be transported to a laboratory for testing. The laboratory should have the necessary equipment and technical expertise to process the specimen. Once the specimen is identified, antibiotics should be given within 72 hours. Ideally, tick examination should be performed at the point of care.