You, and your pets can help monitor tick population trends and tickborne disease risk. TickEncounter is keeping track of tick encounters, and we need all of the TickSpotters we can get! Thousands of citizen scientists like yourself are submitting REAL data that's helping drive tick awareness tools like TickEncounter's Current Tick Activity app.
You've just found or removed a tick from yourself or a pet. Your first thought is to flush it down the toilet or cause untold carnage upon it. STOP! SAVE your tick! It's the first step towards peace of mind. Next step, TAKE A PICTURE.
TAKE A PICTURE of your tick and SUBMIT it to TickEncounter. If you're having trouble identifying your tick TickEncounter is here to help. Make sure you check out our Tick Identification Guide and learn what we look for. Next step, IDENTIFY your tick.
Identifying your tick correctly is crucial. There are different life stages and different species of ticks, each with varying risk of carrying tickborne disease. You can use TickEncounter's Tick Identification Chart to IDENTIFY your SAVED tick. Next step, SUBMIT your tick.
TickSpotters SUBMIT their tick picture, along with the date the tick was found. This information feeds into our Current Tick Activity app that helps drive tick awareness. You also may want to SUBMIT your tick to a Tick Testing lab that will determine if the tick is carrying a tickborne disease.
Millions of people across North America encounter various types and stages of ticks every year. Pets are even more at risk. By recording location and date, and submitting an identification or picture**, together we can improve tick bite risk warning systems to bring seasonally- and spatially-relevant prevention messages to the broadest audience possible. Easy fill-in forms are posted on several popular TickEncounter pages.
**TickEncounter staff can help you identify the tick you've found based on your image and geographical location. Tick-borne diseases are only carried by certain ticks in specific regions. By submitting images to the TickEncounter Resource Center, you grant TERC the right to post your image(s) on TickEncounter.org & it's social media outlets.