Preventing Illness and Promoting Wellness for Communities in Eastern Connecticut

  • Andover
  • Ashford
  • Bolton
  • Chaplin
  • Columbia
  • Coventry
  • Mansfield
  • Scotland
  • Tolland
  • Willington











* Using repellents and pesticides, while proven effective, is a personal decision.

** Please reference the "Tick Management Handbook" for tips on landscape management.

Click here to open the full, printable version of the tick-borne prevention program brochure above.

Lyme Disease:

Lyme disease was initially identified in Lyme, Connecticut. Caused by bacteria and spread by deer ticks to humans, it can present as a myriad of ailments including an arthritic-type disease. Although if detected early, antibiotics are effective in treating Lyme disease, Connecticut consistently has the highest incidence rate of any state in the nation.

If you or (your child) have been bitten by a deer tick, an engorged tick can be submitted to the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station for testing at no charge. Please be aware that they will primarily be testing ‘engorged’ ticks, and results often take up to four weeks to receive. To submit an engorged tick for testing, please use the instructions found on this EHHD Tick Testing Submission form.    

Other options for testing:

  • CT Pathology Laboratory  in Willimantic at (860) 450-1823 (or)
  • UCONN Pathology Testing Labs in Mansfield at (860) 486-3738

Please contact them directly for their fee schedule and turn-around time for tick testing and results. 

Learn more about Lyme and other tick borne diseases, and how to protect yourself from the ticks that spread the disease:

Natural Tick Repellent