Tick Testing Program

Frequently Asked Questions 

How does the program work?

The UMass Laboratory of Medical Zoology tests ticks from all over the world for tick-borne diseases. Through a partnership with the Lab and the other member towns of Hawley’s Health District, the Cooperative Public Health Service, residents of Hawley will receive $5O tick tests for $15.

Why does the Board of Health offer this service to residents? Lyme Disease is the fastest growing infectious disease in our region, and reported cases of other tick-borne diseases are also steadily increasing. Ticks are active 9 to 12 months of the year now, so the risk of infection is year-round. Tick testing allows people to be informed advocates for their own health, while also contributing data to the study of the spread of tick-borne disease.

Which ticks can be tested?  Any tick found attached to a human resident of Hawley can be removed, stored in a plastic baggie and submitted for testing.

How do I get the tick to the Lab? Visit to register, submit your information, and pay. You can mail the tick in a plastic bag or you can bring it to the Umass office between 10 and 4.

How long will it take to get my test back?   You will receive an emailed report between 1-5 days.

What will the test tell me? It will tell you whether your tick tested positive for Lyme, Anaplasmosis, Babesisosis, or Ehrlichiosis.  It will NOT tell you whether you have contracted these diseases, but will allow you to be better informed when working with your medical provider.

What will this cost the Town? Thanks to the partnership with other towns, the test subsidies are $15 each for the Town and $15 for the resident.

Contact Hawley Administrative Assistant, Cass Nawrocki, at 413-339-5518 with further questions.

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