Tick Notes

Where The Ticks Are!

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall. We received THOUSANDS of TickSpotters reports from citizen scientists across America in 2014!

Did you know that YOU and YOUR PETS can help monitor tick population trends and tickborne disease risk across America. In 2014, thousands of citizen scientists submitted REAL data that's helping drive tick awareness tools like the TickEncounter Current Tick Activity app. Let's breakdown those submissions...

2014 TickSpotters Heatmaps

Maps Source: Esri and University of Rhode Island

TickSpotters Fall 2014

2014 TickSpotters Heatmaps Fall

FALL (Sep-Nov) finds most of the ticks leaf-peeping in the northeastern U.S. The adult stage blacklegged (deer) ticks seemingly come out of nowhere like a Tick-nado, especially after the first frosts lull people into thinking that it’s safe to go outside again after a buggy summer. The rest of the country reported fewer tickencounters during this time, as blacklegged tick populations are not as abundant in those regions. We did however receive a few Brown dog tick horror stories!

Most reported tick: Blacklegged (deer) ticks

Fall TickSpotters Fall TickSpotters

TickSpotters Winter 2014

2014 TickSpotters Heatmaps Winter

WINTER (Dec-Feb) While temperatures in most of the U.S. dropped and snow cover was extensive, tick activity heated up in the west and the deep south, especially reports of western-blacklegged ticks in California, Oregon and Washington.

Most reported ticks: Western-blacklegged ticks and Blacklegged (deer) ticks

TickSpotters Pets

TickSpotters Spring 2014

2014 TickSpotters Heatmaps Spring

SPRING (Mar-May) marked the beginning of what most people recognize as tick season across America. Adult blacklegged (deer) ticks leftover from the FALL were still being reported, but adult stage American dog ticks and Lone Star tick populations woke up and exploded onto the scene. May was the “tickiest” month of the entire year.

Most reported tick: Blacklegged (deer) ticks. Followed by American dog ticks and Lone Star ticks.

Spring TickSpotters

TickSpotters Summer 2014

2014 TickSpotters Heatmaps Summer

Ticks may be just as abundant in SUMMER (Jun-Aug) as in the SPRING but it’s just harder for people to find the tiny nymphal stage blacklegged (deer) ticks. People often find it hard to believe that ticks even get this tiny! Nymphal stage blacklegged ticks are about the size of a poppy-seed on a bagel.

Most reported tick: American dog ticks. Followed by Blacklegged (deer) tick and Lone Star ticks.

Summer TickSpotters

THANK YOU to everyone who submitted to TickSpotters in 2014!

We have been overwhelmed by the level of participation in TickSpotters. Please consider DONATING to TickEncounter so that we can continue providing timely, personalized feedback to your TickSpotters submissions. Remember, different types of ticks transmit different diseases. A TickSpotters assessment can help determine the riskiness of a biting tick and recommend TickSmart “best-next-actions” to take.