- The Redding Health Department sends out ticks to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for testing. Office hours are from 8am-3pm Monday – Thursday.
- Place the tick in a zip-lock bag (do not use tape or tissue) and fill out the submission form available in the Health Department or on the town website at townofreddingct.org Click here for Tick Submission Form.
- The test will determine if the tick is infected with Lyme disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis.
- Analytical results can take 1-6 weeks.
- Tick-borne disease symptoms should be responded to IMMEDIATELY.
- Symptoms include flu with fever and chills, rash, fatigue, headache, joint and muscle aches.
- Test results can provide helpful information, however all decisions concerning treatment should be made with your personal health care provider.
- The incubation period from infection to symptom onset can be as short as 3 days and as long as 30 days.
- A tick usually needs to be engorged and feeding for 24-36 hours to transmit the disease.
- Not all ticks carry tick-borne disease.
Brochures are available in the Redding Health Department.