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 TickSpotters. If you're having trouble identifying your tick TickSpotters 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 TickSpotters' Tick Identification Chart to IDENTIFY your SAVED tick. Next step, SUBMIT your tick.
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 TickSpotters pages.
**TickSpotters 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 TickSpotters, you grant TickSpotters the right to post your image(s) on TickSpotters.org & it's social media outlets.