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 60% of tick tested are infected with at least one disease causing organism, 38% are co-infected with two or more, 15% carry three or more, and 5% of the ticks tested carry four or more.

Infection Visualization by Tick Species

All Ticks Tested
60% Positive for Infection
Negative (40%)
Ixodes scapularis (deer tick)
32% Positive for Infection
Negative (68%)
Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick)
17% Positive for Infection
Negative (83%)
Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick)
6% Positive for Infection
Negative (94%)

Coinfection Visualization

4+ Coinfection (5%)
3+ Coinfection (15%)
2+ Coinfection (38%)
No Co-infection (62%)

Pathogenic Prevalence by Species & Life Stage

Generally, nymphal ticks will have fewer pathogen because they've had fewer opportunities to feed. Our data shows this as well.

Infection Rate for Borrelia burgdorferi between Adult Female and Nymphal Deer Ticks

Nymphal Deer Ticks

Sample size of 1,058 ticks.
24% Positive
76% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 2,334 ticks.
37% Positive
63% Negative

Infection Rate for Anaplasma phagocytophilum between Adult Female and Nymphal Deer Ticks

Nymphal Deer Ticks

Sample size of 737 ticks.
10% Positive
90% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 1,926 ticks.
13% Positive
87% Negative

Infection Rate for Rickettsia amblyommii between Adult Female and Nymphal Lone Star Ticks

Nymphal Deer Ticks

Sample size of 240 ticks.
46% Positive
54% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 71 ticks.
51% Positive
49% Negative

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 4,865 ticks.
30% Positive
70% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (western blacklegged tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 374 ticks.
5% Positive
95% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (lone star tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 1,558 ticks.
6% Positive
94% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (American dog tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 1,499 ticks.
3% Positive
97% Negative

Anaplasma phagocytophilum associated with anaplasmosis

Sample size of 4,543 ticks.
9% Positive
91% Negative

Babesia microti associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 3,592 ticks.
4% Positive
96% Negative

Bartonella spp. associated with bartonellosis

Sample size of 2,178 ticks.
31% Positive
69% Negative

Ehrlichia chaffeensis associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 2,154 ticks.
2% Positive
98% Negative

Rickettsia spp. associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 2,241 ticks.
25% Positive
75% Negative

Francisella tularensis associated with tularemia

Sample size of 1,730 ticks.
1% Positive
99% Negative

Borrelia miyamotoi associated with B. miyamotoi

Sample size of 2,210 ticks.
3% Positive
97% Negative

Borrelia lonestari associated with STARI

Sample size of 1,533 ticks.
11% Positive
89% Negative

Babesia spp. associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 945 ticks.
5% Positive
95% Negative

Mycoplasma spp. associated with Mycoplasma spp.

Sample size of 1,720 ticks.
5% Positive
95% Negative

Borrelia spp. associated with Borrelia spp.

Sample size of 992 ticks.
21% Positive
79% Negative

Powassan virus Lineage II associated with Deer tick virus

Sample size of 487 ticks.
7% Positive
93% Negative

Borrelia mayonii associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 1,101 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Ehrlichia ewingii associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 676 ticks.
1% Positive
99% Negative

Rickettsia amblyommii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 570 ticks.
32% Positive
68% Negative

Babesia duncani associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 325 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Rickettsia rickettsii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 349 ticks.
1% Positive
99% Negative

Ehrlichia muris-like associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 325 ticks.
6% Positive
94% Negative
Pathogen and co-infected tick prevalence data is © TickCheck, and is derived from our tick testing results and laboratory research.