Want to help scientists with their research? Although citizen science hasn't caught on in the field of tick research in the way it has in other investigative disciplines, there are still a few ways Canadians can contribute to the efforts of scientists.
Send Researchers Your Ticks
The more ticks researchers receive, the better our collective knowledge will be about where Lyme infected ticks are making their homes in this country. Whenever you pull a tick off of yourself, your pets or your kids, you or your doctor can send it to the appropriate lab for identification and possible testing. Below are the labs that accept ticks for testing. Please keep in mind that this testing is done for research purposes only. Any concerns you have that you, your family, or your pets may have been exposed to Lyme bacteria should be referred to your doctor.
Albertans can submit ticks.
Alberta Health - Submit-a-tick program
Janet Sperling, PhD Candidate, University of Alberta.
Anyone can submit ticks. Send email to get details.
Ticks must be submitted by a physician or public health professional.
BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory
Manitobans can submit photos of ticks.
Passive Blacklegged Tick Surveillance Program
Anyone can send ticks for testing. Free for New Brunswick residents. Residents in other provinces pay a small fee.
Mount Allison University Tick & Lyme disease research program
New Brunswick residents can submit photos of ticks for identification within 24 hours.
Newfoundland & Labrador
Fisheries and Land Resources
Ticks accepted from Public Health Units and health care practioners.
Public Health Ontario
Ontario residents can submit photos of ticks for identification within 24 hours.
Quebec residents can submit photos of ticks for identification within 24 hours.
Saskatchewan residents can send ticks for testing.
University of Saskatchewan
All Other Provinces and Territories
If you live in a province that does not accept ticks for testing, you can submit them here.
Field Studies - Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, National Microbiology Laboratory