For the past several months, subsidized $15 tick testing services from were made available to residents of Barnstable county thanks to a grant from Cape Cod Healthcare in collaboration with Cape Cod Cooperative Extension.  Although the grant funds for this program have been expended, we are committed to finding additional funds for the  program in 2018, and are actively exploring alternative funding to guarantee that the discounted tick testing service remains available for as many citizens as possible.

Tick testing is still available through at regular pricing.

Your suggestions on this are welcomed. Please contact Larry Dapsis if you have questions at #508-375-6642 or email


This program serves as a resource for accurate, unbiased information on pest management and on the prevention and education of tick-borne illnesses.

Tick Testing

Barnstable County residents can send a tick to the UMass Lab of Medical Zoology.
Having your tick tested couldn’t be easier.
Click on the I Want To Test My Tick button and  follow five simple steps:

1. Place the tick in a sealable plastic bag.
2. Complete the online submission form at
3. Label the bag with the order number assigned by TickReport.
4. Send the labeled tick in an envelope to:
Laboratory of Medical Zoology
Fernald Hall, University of Massachusetts
270 Stockbridge Rd.
Amherst, MA 01003

Results of the tick test will be sent to you in 3 business days or less.
You can download a tick testing brochure here.

I Want to Test My Tick
Protect Yourself- Repellents

The use of repellents can be a highly effective way to prevent tick bites and reduce the risk of getting any number of tick-borne diseases including Lyme, babesiosis and anaplasmosis. Although there are many products on the market, Permethrin is the only product that provides effective, long-lasting protection.

Permethrin is to be applied to clothing, including footwear., NOT skin. Highly effective at repelling/killing ticks. Effectiveness lasts through multiple washings. Pre-treated clothing is also on the market. This is a good complement to skin-applied repellents. EPA’s position is that treated clothing poses no immediate or long-term effects to toddlers, children, pregnant women or nursing mothers.

There are a number of permethrin products designed for different applications. Consumer should be careful to select product specially formulated for application to outerwear/camping gear.

Treating Clothing




Apply permethrin to my footwear every four weeks. This is very important during the summer months. Nymph stage deer ticks, the size of a poppy seed, are down in the leaf litter…the first place they attach to are your shoes. This is a great FIRST line tactic…Nymph stage ticks are responsible for 85% of all tick-borne diseases in Massachusetts.



Clothing Brands

Visit Insect Shield for insect repellant clothing and gear.




Where to Buy

Permethrin can be purchased at the local Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS), Hyannis Country Gardens, Agway, and Scenic Roots.


Click here to download our Repellent Guide.

Protect Your Property- Perimeter Yard Sprays

Coming Soon


Lyme Disease is the most prevalent infectious disease in Massachusetts and is now considered to be a public health crisis. In addition to Lyme, deer ticks can carry the pathogens which cause Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis and Relapsing Fever all of which can be very serious and are on the increase.

This program will review the basic life cycle and ecology of deer ticks, incidence rates and distribution of tick-borne illnesses in addition to a database under development on infection rates of ticks. A three point protection plan will be presented: Protect Yourself, Protect Your Yard and Protect your Pet. Tick-Borne Diseases are preventable. Contact Larry Dapsis for scheduling.

We have a collection of resources to educate and inform the public about ticks, bites, and prevention. Click on the item to download, or contact us to send you some.

Tick Rack Card

Tick Wallet Card

Tick Bookmark

2017  Tick Testing Brochure

Mail Me Materials


Need help trying to identify a bug? Problems with an infestation in your home or garden?

You can bring insect specimens into the Cooperative Extension office for identification and further assistance. Our office is located in the Barnstable County Deeds & Probate Building at 3195 Main St. in West Barnstable.

You can also fill out the form below, providing as much detailed info the insect and/or infestation, and attach an image of the specimen. Larry Dapsis, Barnstable County Entomologist, will be in touch regarding your inquiry.

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Larry Dapsis, County Entomologist and Deer Tick Project Coordinator

Entomologist since age five…B.S. Environmental Science & Biology at Fitchburg State University and M.S. Entomology at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst. Thirty-four years of professional pest management experience including Vegetables, Cranberries and Household Insects. Joined Cape Cod Cooperative Extension in 2011 as Deer Tick Project Coordinator and Entomologist and is a member of the Barnstable County Task Force on Lyme and other Tick-Borne Diseases.

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