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Missouri Conservation Officials: Mail Us Your Ticks

Missouri Department of Conservation


After a walk through the woods, it’s not uncommon to discover you’ve brought home a few companions: ticks. But instead of flushing these little bloodsuckers away, the Missouri Department of Conservation and a university are asking Missourians to mail them in for research.

Missouri is home to three species of ticks that bite humans, according to a release from the Missouri Department of Conservation. Many ticks carry bacteria which causes illness, like Lyme disease.  The Missouri Department of Conservation and the Kirksville-based A.T. Still University are beginning a two-year long research study on tick-borne illnesses.  To submit ticks to the university for research, put them in a plastic zip-top bag with a piece of a damp paper towel or cotton ball. Then, fold the bag and place it inside another bag along with a sample submission form, which will identify when and where the ticks were found.

MDC spokesman Joe Jerek says the department hopes to create a county-by-county map of common ticks and tick-borne-illnesses.

Mailing Address: 

A.T. Still University 

Deb Hudman, Senior Research Associate 

Department of Microbiology and Immunology 

800 W. Jefferson St. 

Kirksville, MO 63501 

Sample Submission Form and Instructions (printable) 

Josh Conaway is a graduate of Missouri State University with a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in International Affairs. He works as a news reporter and announcer at KSMU. His favorite part of the job is exploring the rich diversity of the Ozarks and meeting people with interesting stories to share. He has a passion for history and running.