Our Tick Testing Data

Each tick submitted for testing contributes to the research being conducted here at TickCheck. By keeping records of all the results generated, we have been able to gain valuable insights into disease prevalence and co-infection rates. The comprehensive testing panel has been especially helpful in contributing to this research by ensuring all diseases and coinfections are accounted for when examining a tick. Our current research shows that 73% of tick tested are infected with at least one disease causing organism, 48% are co-infected with two or more, 17% carry three or more, and 10% of the ticks tested carry four or more.

Infection Visualization by Tick Species

All Ticks Tested
73% Positive for Infection
Negative (27%)
Ixodes scapularis (deer tick)
93% Positive for Infection
Negative (7%)
Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick)
68% Positive for Infection
Negative (32%)
Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick)
17% Positive for Infection
Negative (83%)

Coinfection Visualization

4+ Coinfection (10%)
3+ Coinfection (17%)
2+ Coinfection (48%)
No Co-infection (52%)

Pathogenic Prevalence

The bars below show the positive/negative prevalence ratio of selected pathogens we test for. These pathogens were observed in ticks from the United States and Canada. Data set includes tests performed since TickCheck's founding in 2014 and is updated in real time.

Borrelia burgdorferi (deer tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 2,584 ticks.
30% Positive
70% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (western blacklegged tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 185 ticks.
4% Positive
96% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (lone star tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 619 ticks.
10% Positive
90% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (American dog tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 681 ticks.
3% Positive
97% Negative

Anaplasma phagocytophilum associated with anaplasmosis

Sample size of 1,461 ticks.
9% Positive
91% Negative

Babesia microti associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 1,291 ticks.
5% Positive
95% Negative

Bartonella spp. associated with bartonellosis

Sample size of 703 ticks.
51% Positive
49% Negative

Ehrlichia chaffeensis associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 510 ticks.
2% Positive
98% Negative

Rickettsia spp. associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 684 ticks.
17% Positive
83% Negative

Francisella tularensis associated with tularemia

Sample size of 828 ticks.
1% Positive
99% Negative

Borrelia miyamotoi associated with B. miyamotoi

Sample size of 705 ticks.
8% Positive
92% Negative

Borrelia lonestari associated with STARI

Sample size of 617 ticks.
24% Positive
76% Negative

Babesia spp. associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 360 ticks.
6% Positive
94% Negative

Mycoplasma spp. associated with Mycoplasma spp.

Sample size of 574 ticks.
3% Positive
97% Negative

Borrelia spp. associated with Borrelia spp.

Sample size of 245 ticks.
17% Positive
83% Negative

Borrelia mayonii associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 97 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Ehrlichia ewingii associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 112 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Rickettsia amblyommii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 69 ticks.
46% Positive
54% Negative
Pathogen and co-infected tick prevalence data is © TickCheck, and is derived from our tick testing results and laboratory research.