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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 55% of tick tested are infected with at least one pathogen, 37% are co-infected with two or more, 12% carry three or more, and 4% of the ticks tested carry four or more.

Infection Visualization by Tick Species

All Ticks Tested
55% Positive for Infection
Negative (45%)
Ixodes scapularis (deer tick)
27% Positive for Infection
Negative (73%)
Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick)
19% Positive for Infection
Negative (81%)
Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick)
6% Positive for Infection
Negative (94%)

Coinfection Visualization

4+ Coinfection (4%)
3+ Coinfection (12%)
2+ Coinfection (37%)
No Co-infection (63%)

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 1,886 ticks.
24% Positive
76% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 3,752 ticks.
38% Positive
62% Negative

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

Nymphal Deer Ticks

Sample size of 1,565 ticks.
9% Positive
91% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 3,345 ticks.
13% Positive
87% Negative

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

Nymphal Lone Star Ticks

Sample size of 489 ticks.
50% Positive
50% Negative

Adult Female Lone Star Ticks

Sample size of 146 ticks.
51% Positive
49% Negative

Pathogenic Prevalence in Colorado

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

Anaplasma phagocytophilum associated with anaplasmosis

Sample size of 31 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
10% Positive
90% Negative

Ehrlichia chaffeensis associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 37 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
0% Positive
100% Negative

Rickettsia rickettsii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 26 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
19% Positive
81% Negative
Pathogen and co-infected tick prevalence data is © TickCheck, and is derived from our tick testing results and laboratory research.