Entomology and Pest Management

Human Tick Test Kit Program

Last Updated: February 15, 2018

A free tick identification and testing service for Department of Defense health care facilities, provided by the APHC.

For additional information or to request services, contact the Tick-borne Disease Lab:
by phone (410) 436-5421 or by email 

Testing available for:

  • Babesiosis
  • Human granulocytic anaplasmosis
  • Human monocytic ehrlichiosis (HME)
  • Ewingii ehrlichiosis
  • Lyme disease
  • Spotted fever group rickettsioses

DOD Human Tick Test Kit Program: A ‘First Alert’ System for CONUS Military Health Care Facilities. This is a concise, one-page advertisement that describes the program in colorful format, and tells you who to contact.

Tick Kit Instructions. This is a one-page instruction sheet that contains information on how to package and mail tick specimens.

Submission of Tick Specimens from Human Tick-Bite Patients. This is a  two-sided, tick submission form.

Guidelines for Use of the Tick Test Kit and Evaluation of Results. This two-page document describes how information on tick species, relative engorgement level, and infection status of the tick relates to disease transmission risk and human health.

Tick Removal Information Sheet.