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 74% of tick tested are infected with at least one disease causing organism, 48% are co-infected with two or more, 18% carry three or more, and 9% of the ticks tested carry four or more.

Infection Visualization by Tick Species

All Ticks Tested
74% Positive for Infection
Negative (26%)
Ixodes scapularis (deer tick)
94% Positive for Infection
Negative (6%)
Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick)
62% Positive for Infection
Negative (38%)
Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick)
48% Positive for Infection
Negative (52%)

Coinfection Visualization

4+ Coinfection (9%)
3+ Coinfection (18%)
2+ Coinfection (48%)
No Co-infection (52%)

Pathogenic Prevalence in Massachusetts

The bars below show the positive/negative prevalence ratio of selected pathogens we test for. These pathogens were observed in ticks from Massachusetts. 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 273 ticks.
34% Positive
66% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (American dog tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 56 ticks.
2% Positive
98% Negative

Anaplasma phagocytophilum associated with anaplasmosis

Sample size of 133 ticks.
7% Positive
93% Negative

Babesia microti associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 125 ticks.
5% Positive
95% Negative

Bartonella spp. associated with bartonellosis

Sample size of 66 ticks.
53% Positive
47% Negative

Rickettsia spp. associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 30 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
17% Positive
83% Negative

Francisella tularensis associated with tularemia

Sample size of 26 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
0% Positive
100% Negative

Borrelia miyamotoi associated with B. miyamotoi

Sample size of 54 ticks.
4% Positive
96% Negative

Babesia spp. associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 41 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
7% Positive
93% Negative

Mycoplasma spp. associated with Mycoplasma spp.

Sample size of 50 ticks.
10% Positive
90% Negative
Pathogen and co-infected tick prevalence data is © TickCheck, and is derived from our tick testing results and laboratory research.