Removing and Submitting Ticks for Identification

Removing a Tick

  1. With fine tip tweezers, grasp the tick's head as close to the skin as possible
  2. Slowly pull the tick away from the skin until it releases. Do not twist or crush the tick. Ensure all the mouth parts have been removed, otherwise the bite can become infected.
  3. After removing the tick, wash the area with soap and water

Submit a Tick for Identification

If you think the tick is blacklegged or you cannot identify the tick, it can be submitted in clear, dry containers or double Ziploc bags to one of the following locations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday, no weekends) for identification:

City Address Phone Number
Thorold / St. Catharines 1815 Sir Isaac Brock Way 905-688-8248
Fort Erie 1264 Garrison Rd., Unit 12 905-871-6513
Niagara Falls 5710 Kitchener St. 905-356-1538
Welland 200 Division St. 905-735-5697
Lincoln 4800 South Service Rd. 905-563-8205


If a blacklegged tick is identified, staff will consult with you on next steps.

There is no cost for tick identification.

In Niagara, blacklegged ticks have often been found in the Wainfleet bog, Mud Lake in Port Colborne and 12 Mile Creek Trail in St. Catharines. However, it is possible to find blacklegged ticks outside of these areas too. Remember to protect yourself no matter what area you are in.

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