Responding to Ticks and Tick Bites

Found a loose, unattached, tick and want a free identification? See mailing instructions here.

Found an attached tick? What next?

See CDC general information on tick bite response here.

1. Remove the tick safely – See this video for proper tick removal instructions

2. Save the tick – put it in a secure container or sealable bag (e.g., Ziploc) and store in freezer with information on: Who was bit, when the tick was removed, where and when the tick was likely encountered, and whether the person bit traveled outside their county of residence in the past 10 days.

3. You might be able to identify it yourself! Compare it to tick photos on our website here.

4. Live in Illinois and want a free identification? See information here.