+Lyme, I am sorry you had a tick on you. First of all, I am glad only your dogs are pooping in the vacant lot!
For future reference, please do not pull a tick off with your fingers. This can squeeze the body of the tick causing it to regurgitate into your bloodstream. Improper removal increases the risk of infection. Use tweezers by grasping the mouthparts as close to the skin as possible and pulling straight back. It is good that you saved it.
Unfortunately, I do not think attachment time is relevant. I know many people, including myself, who were infected even though the tick was not attached very long and was not engorged. In my opinion, it is worth the money to get it tested.
+Lyme the tick that bit me was attached for three hours at most, and it transmitted five diseases. I have heard others say this also. It seems to me that infection could occur as soon as it makes contact with the blood, but I am just speculating.
The tick can be tested if it is dead. At IgeneX, they grind them up and test the DNA. I would trust their testing. I have had ticks tested there. I don't know if there is a time limit, but you could call them and ask.
Post Edited (+Lyme) : 7/2/2009 9:04:39 PM (GMT-6)