Preparation of Ticks for Submission

  • Please package the ticks in crush-proof envelopes or containers for mailing.
  • Please indicate if more than one tick is in a container.
  • The best way to send a tick is in a small plastic zipper-locking bag or a clear plastic vial with a tight-fitting lid. Dry ticks are easier for us to process than ticks preserved in alcohol.
  • For our safety and ease in handling, please avoid the following: plastic film canisters, especially those which are black; glass containers; ticks mounted on glass slides; and ticks preserved in formalin. Ticks under cellophane tape are also difficult to handle.