Why use Geneticks’ tick testing service?
When it comes to Lyme disease, early detection and treatment are essential. It is currently estimated that up to 60% of Lyme disease cases in North America become chronic. This is largely due to a lack of early detection, diagnoses, and appropriate treatment. As Lyme disease becomes chronic, it becomes increasingly debilitating and costly to patients, as well as increasingly difficult to treat.
At Geneticks, it is our goal to assist Canadians in the process of early detection. By providing individuals with information on the microbial species present in submitted ticks, we are arming Canadians with vital information that can be used to assess their potential exposure to tick–borne pathogens. This information gives Canadians a better chance at both early detection of tick-borne illnesses, and improved health outcomes*.
*Though the detection of pathogen DNA in submitted ticks does indicate the presence of select pathogens in the tick, it DOES NOT provide any information on transmission or potential infection with these pathogens. To make the best use of the information provided by Geneticks, it is highly recommended that individuals review these results with a trained and certified Healthcare practitioner.
How does the testing of ticks work?
For each tick received, we will return information by email to customers about the presence of select tick-borne pathogens within the submitted tick. In order to assess the presence of pathogens in these ticks, Geneticks utilizes a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based procedure capable of detecting tiny quantities of DNA.
This procedure allows us to selectively detect even the smallest amounts of relevant DNA, providing insight in to the pathogenic microbes present in each tick.
Customers are asked to follow instructions for properly removing a tick, then place the tick in a resealable plastic bag or container before freezing for a minimum of 48 hours. The specimen can then be mailed to Geneticks.
What are the options for testing?
There are currently two choices for the tests run on the tick submitted.
1) Lyme Disease Borrelia screening ($50*) – Tests exclusively for Lyme disease causing Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species.
2) Full Borrelia screening ($65*) – Tests for Lyme disease causing Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato species, as well as relapsing fever species such as Borrelia miyamotoi.
*Subject to change.
Note: If you require expidited testing, testing for additional pathogens we have not listed, or would like to contact us regarding testing for research purposes, please feel free to please use our Contact Us email form.
Bartonella screening – Testing for pathogenic species of the Bartonella genus including Bartonella henselae, Bartonella quintana, and Bartonella clarridgeiae.
Babesia screening – Testing for Babesia microti and Babesia duncani.
If you have a question about our tick testing process, please use our Contact Us email form.