There are several methods used by researchers for tick surveillance including both active and passive methods.

At NEWDL we use active surveillance to determine whether a species of tick is established within a certain area. Interns actively go out into the field to collect tick specimens by various methods including flagging or dragging, collection from host or reservoir animals. In passive surveillance tick specimens are voluntarily submitted to the laboratory by county vector control, veterinarians, physicians and the general public.

The PA Tick Research Lab (ESU) will post maps to show 1) where Pennsylvanian’s typically encounter the three types of ticks that are most common in the state and 2) where Lyme bacteria and other TBD infected ticks have been collected.

Found a Tick?

Please place it in a plastic bag and complete the following steps:

  1. Visit
  2. Click on Test My Tick and fill in our survey
  3. Select your testing panel
  4. Submit and Print Voucher
  5. Mail tick and Voucher to our lab!

PA Tick Research Lab
East Stroudsburg University
562 Independence Rd
Suite 114
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301

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Contact Information

Campus Address
ESU Innovation Center
(570) 422-7892
(570) 422-3724 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Nicole Chinnici
(570) 422-7891