American Dog Tick is Active!!

A reminder that the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) that transmits Rocky Mountain spotted fever becomes active as temperatures increase over the spring and summer. Members of the Tick INsiders team collected several American dog ticks early April from parks in northern Indiana.
Make sure to complete a tick check when you return from outdoor activities. The check should include your pets, if they accompanied you!

 Have you found a tick? Would you like to send it us? Click here to read about the Tick INsiders project and how to send ticks to Purdue.

Thank you to our Community Scientists!

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 community scientists for your help to better understand ticks and tick-borne diseases in Indiana!