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Tick Removal and Containment


Tick Removal and Containment

Please see the following websites for instructions on tick removal. Plastic tick removers are available in the AHDC main lobby.

American Kennel Club - Canine Tick Removal Instructions

Centers for Disease Control - Human Tick Removal Instructions

  • All ticks must be submitted in a leak-proof and escape-proof plastic screw cap vial or jar.
  • Add 5ml (approximately one teaspoon) of rubbing/isopropyl alcohol to the jar or vial, covering the tick.
  • Place the sealed jar or vial inside a leak-proof zipper-lock bag, also containing absorbent material sufficient to absorb at least 5 ml of liquid.
    • Properly packaged ticks may be delivered in person, or
    • If the shipment is to be made by air (USPS next day, FEDEX next day, UPS next day), the vials must be rated to withstand 95kPa internal pressure for air cargo.
  • Print the label for UN3373 Biological Substance, Category B (do not reduce the size of the image for printing); cut out the label along the dotted line and affix to outer box with clear packing tape. Routine shippers can substitute commercially available peel-and-stick versions of this required label.