My Experience With Tick Bites & Getting Them Analyzed Quickly

I have a large perennial garden filled with daylilies.  For the first few years, they were beautiful. In the last few years, I’ve started to notice that I wasn’t getting many flowers. My hard work had become a feeding ground for deer that love daylilies!

 The unfortunate part of having a garden that attracts deer are the ticks that may also end up in your garden. In the last few years, I’ve discovered a few ticks on my skin after gardening. I started taking more proactive precautions to prevent them by regularly using insect repellent to stop tick bites. After gardening, I immediately toss my clothes into the washer, inspect my skin for ticks, and take a shower.

 Last month, I found a small black dot on my right arm. After closer inspection, I was shocked to find a tick attached to my upper arm! I tried not to panic that I was going to get Lyme disease; however, I was concerned. 

 So, I carefully removed the tick and saved it in a small sealed plastic bag. I sent the tick to the Tick Research Lab of Pennsylvania and a few days later I got an email that it was a black-legged or deer tick in the nymph stage. I was happy to learn it tested negative for Lyme disease and was impressed with their speedy response. 

 Here’s what I want you to know… the Tick Research Lab of Pennsylvania will test the tick for a variety of pathogens. It’s so easy to use their site. When you sign into the site you can get a free analysis of the tick to detect for Lyme disease, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, and Deer tick virus. You can also elect to pay for a more advanced panel to look for other tick-related diseases. 

 The Tick Research Lab recommends that the best way to avoid tick-borne disease is to take the following precautions

  1.   Treat clothes and shoes with permethrin
  2. Wear light-colored clothing and use insect repellent with 20% DEET
  3. Put your clothing in the dryer on high heat immediately after coming indoors
  4. Perform tick checks within 2 hours of coming indoors
  5. Avoid grassy tick habitats

 If you do find a tick, follow my easy tips to analyze it online at the Tick Research Lab of Pennsylvania at We are very fortunate to have this resource in PA. Let me know if you have any questions.