NEW FOR 2018: We are excited to announce the launch of the Tick App! A smartphone application to study human behavior, tick exposure and the risk of Lyme disease by collecting data through simple surveys with a citizen science approach. This is a joint effort between the Northeast Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Disease and the Midwest Center of Excellence for Vector-borne Disease. The app is available on and . If you want to participate but don’t use apps, you can sign up on our website www.thetickapp.org to receive the surveys by email or download a paper survey package to complete and mail back to us.
When you sign up you’ll do a consent for research and then complete an entry survey. Then, we are asking people to complete one tick diary a day for only 15 days (should take less than a minute). During that time we will ask if you found any ticks that day, what activities did you do (from a list of activities) and if you used any preventative measures. That’s all! Through the app we also provide resources to learn more about ticks, how to identify them, and how to protect yourself from ticks. Users can also report any ticks they find and if you send us a picture of the tick we’ll identify it for you.
NEW FOR 2018: We’re starting a tick identification service. We can help you identify a tick you have found based on your photos and the geographical location. All we need is a photograph of the tick that is in focus and captures the head and back. Tick-borne diseases are only carried by certain tick species in certain areas so knowing what you have can help with deciding what to do next.
Use this link to access the service:https://uwmadison.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3s1wBopYCcW0lzT
Deer ticks are widely distributed in Wisconsin. Here is a map showing counties where they have been collected through an animal surveillance project. Most of the white counties are also positive for deer ticks through other surveillance methods. This means that anywhere in the state where there are woods, deer and mice, the deer tick can now be found.
Figure 1. Adult deer ticks (top row) and wood ticks (bottom row). Females are on the left and males on the right.
These are male and female lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum). We are interested in receiving specimens that were picked up in Wisconsin, especially if the approximate location can be identified. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you find one. See the page on Amblyomma under Wisconsin ticks for more information.