NOTE: Our laboratory will no longer be able to accept ticks from the public for identification. This service will be provided by the University of Maine. Medical practitioners, veterinarians, and members of the general public please send specimens to:
University of Maine Cooperative Extension
Tick Identification Laboratory
491 College Avenue, Orono, Maine 04473-1295
Phone: (207) 581-3880, (800) 287-0279
The Vector-borne Disease Lab is dedicated to the control of emerging tick-and mosquito-borne diseases. We seek to understand the environmental interactions of vectors, hosts, and habitats, and to increasing public awareness of the threat of tick-and mosquito-borne diseases through continued monitoring of the geography of risk.
As a public service, this website provides information about Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, including descriptions of ticks in Maine, the diseases they carry, and tips on how to avoid tick bites. It also provides an interactive questionnaire with which landowners may select appropriate approaches for controlling ticks on their property.
For more information, please contact us:
Vector-borne Disease Laboratory
Maine Medical Center Research Institute
81 Research Drive
Scarborough, ME 04074
Phone: (207) 396-8246
This is not a clinical practice. For clinical information, please contact your health care provider or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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