Update

DNR Deer Reduction Tick Sampling

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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

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Tick INsiders Map

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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. 

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Tick INsiders Day on Campus 2018

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Thank you to High School/4H students for their participation in Tick INsider Day on Campus.  Here are some photographs captured by Purdue Agriculture Communications:

Vector biology Lab tour

Purdue Bug Barn tour

The project and Day on Campus were recently featured in Purdue Today (Purdue University’s online Newsroom) and in a video developed by Agriculture Communication, Purdue University:
https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q4/scientists,-high-school-students-find-new-pathogens-hiding-in-indiana-ticks.html 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s_jbde1BnI
 

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Indiana State Fair 2018

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Tick INsiders team had an exciting day at the Indiana State Fair on August 18, 2018. We were happy to meet with Indiana residents to hear about their experiences with ticks. We also discussed safe tick removal and prevention practices.
Tick INsiders team at the Indiana State Fair
 

Welcome

Tick INsiders News Page

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We are excited to launch this Tick INsiders website. Our goal is to raise awareness about ticks and tick-borne diseases, evaluate tick distribution, and assist medical health providers and citizens to diagnose, treat and prevent tick-borne diseases. Each year we provide hands-on opportunities for High School students (Grades 9-12) to join us on tick collection trips in Indiana State Parks.
Stay tuned for more news about the project!