Staff can help you identify the tick if you submit a picture combined with your general geographical location. Tick-borne diseases are only carried by certain ticks in specific regions. TickSpotters helps to assess your risk BEFORE TESTING.
At the same time, you, and your pets are helping to monitor tick population trends and tickborne disease risk. TickEncounter is keeping track of tickencounters, and we need all of the ticks we can get! Thousands of citizen scientists like yourself are submitting REAL data that's helping drive tick awareness tools.