Tick season 2021 has started!

A reminder that the black-legged tick (Ixodes scapularis) that transmits Lyme disease can become active when the snow melts and temperatures increase. Members of the Tick INsiders team collected several black-legged ticks late February and early March from parks in northern Indiana. If it’s a nice day for a walk, you might meet a tick! Make sure to complete a tick check when you return. The check should include your pets!

Ixodes scapularis Female nymph
Photo credit: Dr. Catherine A. Hill, Tick INsiders team

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.