To date, the Tick INsiders team has received more than 200 tick samples from across the state. Samples include Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick), Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick) and Ixodes scapularis (black-legged tick). We are currently cataloguing samples. Samples will be processed as we return to research operations. A huge thank you to our many engaged citizen scientists for your help to better understand ticks and tick-borne diseases in Indiana!
Our award for the highest number of ticks collected in a single season goes to one of our high school participants from Washington county who collected many Amblyomma americanum in 2019. Thank you for helping us to learn more about ticks and tick-borne diseases in Indiana!
Looking for something to do this Spring, Summer and Fall? The 2020 tick season is about to get underway across the state. Help us learn more about the distribution of ticks and tick-borne diseases in Indiana by collecting and sending us ticks!
More details coming soon…
Tick INsiders was excited to host 19 high school students on the Purdue West Lafayette campus for the first Tick INsiders Bootcamp, a science immersion in the biology of ticks and tick-borne diseases and tick collection techniques.
The Tick INsiders team is enthusiastic to have received our first batch of ticks from a citizen scientist like yourself and is looking forward to receiving more!!
Make sure to check out the map for current year’s collection here.
The Tick INsiders team will be at Purdue Spring Fest 2019! We will be setup in front of Smith Hall. Click here for the Spring Fest Map. We can’t wait to share about Tick INsiders, what the team has been up to, and how you can get involved as citizen scientist!
Here is photo of Jasleen from a previous Spring Fest. Photo curtesy to John Obermeyer, IPM Specialist, Purdue University.
Jasleen Kaur at Spring Fest
Dr. Maria Murgia, Lead Scientist (Microbiome), gave a talk on “Next Generation Sequencing for surveillance of tick-borne diseases: exploring the bacterial micro biome of Indiana ticks” at Indiana Vector Control Association’s 2018 Conference in Syracuse, Indiana.
She introduced the Tick INsiders project and presented the results of the microbiome study done on ticks collected during 2017-2018.
Here is a photo of Dr. Murgia at the conference, Syracuse, Indiana.
Dr. Maria Murgia at IVCA 43rd Conference, 2019
Tick INsiders team would like to welcome Indiana high school students to participate in a spring/summer tick collection program and help us understand the dynamics of tick population and disease distribution in Indiana. Click here for more information.
Tick INsiders team was at Tippecanoe River State Park on Monday November 12, 2018 to collect ticks from deer as part of the DNR deer reduction effort. Adult males and fully/partially engorged I. scapularis (deer tick) females were recovered.
Here is a photo of the team at the event:
Tick Collection Team
Tick INsiders posts number of ticks collected from state parks and private properties to tick collection map. Four new sites have been added to the map, with a total of 11 sites where ticks were sampled. The map is useful to identify adult tick activity spatially and temporally. For instance, deer tick adults were detected in early spring and late fall at multiple sites. Visit tick collection map for more information.