Many people are unaware that ticks can be tested for Lyme disease. A DNA test to determine if a tick is infected with Borrelia, Bartonella, Babesia, and Ehrlichia is highly recommend if you are bitten by a tick. Testing can be done immediately upon collection of the tick. Blood test for Lyme disease can not be done with accuracy for 2-4 weeks post bite. You can save a tick frozen for up to one year for future testing. Pharmasan labs has developed a kit that you can purchase ahead of time, so that you can be prepared in the event of a tick bite or exposure. The kit comes with instructions for proper collection of the tick and even has a pre-addressed mailing envelope. Tigard Holistic Health clinic carries these kits for purchase. We highly recommend that you have one as part of your home medicine kit, in your out door gear for activities such as camping, hunting, fishing, hiking and gardening.