Citizen Science

Photo of ticks in a test tubeDo you want to help scientists with their research? Although citizen science hasn't caught on in the field of tick research in the way it has in other investigative disciplines, there are still several ways Canadians can contribute to the efforts of scientists.

Queen's University Online Survey

If you are over 18 years old and have been bitten by a tick in Canada, Emilie Norris-Roozmon, a graduate student in the Biology Department at Queen’s University, is inviting you to fill out an online survey describing your symptoms, experiences with healthcare practitioners, and any diagnoses you may have received in relation to your tick bite. You can find out more here: Queen’s University HSREB Information / Consent Form

Submit Tick Photos to eTick.ca

If you live in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Quebec, or Saskatchewan, you can submit photos of your ticks to eTick.ca for expert identification. (Residents in other provinces will be able to submit photos soon.) Instructions are available on the website for how to take a photo that can be readily used for identification. An eTick app is now available on Apple's App Store and GoolePlay so that you can snap a photo with your phone or tablet and submit it in real-time. The benefit to scientists is that they can use the growing dataset in their research. The benefit to you is that your tick will be identified and you will receive actionable information related to that tick, including what diseases it is capable of carrying and what your next step should be if you were bitten by that tick.

Submit Ticks to Researchers

The more ticks researchers receive, the better our collective knowledge will be about where Lyme infected ticks are making their homes in this country. Whenever you pull a tick off of yourself, your pets or your kids, you or your doctor can send it to the appropriate lab for identification and possible testing. Below are the labs that accept ticks for testing. Please keep in mind that this testing is done for research purposes only. Any concerns you have that you, your family, or your pets may have been exposed to Lyme bacteria should be referred to your doctor.

Alberta
Albertans can submit ticks.
Alberta Health - Submit-a-tick program

Janet Sperling, PhD Candidate, University of Alberta.
Anyone can submit ticks. Send email to get details.
Email: infsper@telus.net

British Columbia
Ticks must be submitted by a physician or public health professional.
BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory

Manitoba
Manitobans can submit photos of ticks.
Passive Blacklegged Tick Surveillance Program

New Brunswick
Anyone can send ticks for testing. Free for New Brunswick residents. Residents in other provinces pay a small fee.
Mount Allison University Tick & Lyme disease research program

Newfoundland & Labrador
Fisheries and Land Resources

Ontario
Ticks accepted from Public Health Units and health care practitioners.
Public Health Ontario

Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan residents can send ticks for testing.
University of Saskatchewan

All Other Provinces and Territories
If you live in a province that does not accept ticks for testing, you can submit them here.
Field Studies - Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, National Microbiology Laboratory