There are several methods used by researchers for tick surveillance including both active and passive methods.
At NEWDL we use active surveillance to determine whether a species of tick is established within a certain area. Interns actively go out into the field to collect tick specimens by various methods including flagging or dragging, collection from host or reservoir animals. In passive surveillance tick specimens are voluntarily submitted to the laboratory by county vector control, veterinarians, physicians and the general public.
The Lyme Disease Surveillance Program (ESU) will post maps to show 1) where Pennsylvanian’s typically encounter the three types of ticks that are most common in the state and 2) where Lyme bacteria infected ticks have been collected.
Found a Tick?
Please place it in a plastic bag and submit it by mail to:
Lyme Disease Surveillance Program
East Stroudsburg University
562 Independence Rd
East Stroudsburg, PA 18301
Please provide the following information with your submission, so that we can collect the most accurate data possible and get that information back to you.
- Date Collected
- Address for correspondence
- Geographic location where tick was encountered
- Was the tick attached to a host? Ex. human, dog, cat, etc.
A postcard will be sent to you providing information on tick species, stage, and sex.