The F.A.Q. Sheet

Q: I was bitten by a tick, do I have Lyme disease?
A: Not necessarily, only nymph and adult deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease.

Q: Where do most cases of Lyme disease occur?
A: Generally, the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. reports the largest number of Lyme disease cases, however, there are endemic regions in the upper Midwest as well.

Q: When do I have the greatest risk of being bitten by a Lyme-infected tick?
A: Deer ticks are active year round, as long as the temperature is above freezing. Nymphs are most active May through August, while adult deer ticks are most active October through May.

Q: Should I cover the tick in Vaseline before I remove it?
A: No, do not try to suffocate, burn, or squash the tick. Use the tick removal tool or a pair of pointy tweezers to safely remove the tick.

Q: Should I store the tick in alcohol before I send it?
A. No, the tick should be stored totally dry in the specimen bag or any other bag, completely dry. Alcohol can interfere with the tick test.

Q: Can I have a tick tested if it is dead?
A: Yes, just send it completely dry in the bag provided.

Q: I had a tick tested and it came back positive for Lyme. Should I be treated for Lyme disease?
A: We cannot give medical advice, diagnose Lyme disease or make any treatment recommendations. You should talk to your doctor or veterinarian.

Q: I had a tick tested and it came back negative for Lyme disease. Does this mean that I don't have Lyme disease?
A: Even if a tick was tested and was found to be negative for Lyme disease, you should talk to your doctor or veterinarian to discuss the results of the test.