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 44% of tick tested are infected with at least one pathogen, 32% are co-infected with two or more, 9% carry three or more, and 3% of the ticks tested carry four or more.

Infection Visualization by Tick Species

All Ticks Tested
44% Positive for Infection
Negative (56%)
Ixodes scapularis (deer tick)
24% Positive for Infection
Negative (76%)
Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick)
14% Positive for Infection
Negative (86%)
Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick)
3% Positive for Infection
Negative (97%)

Coinfection Visualization

4+ Coinfection (3%)
3+ Coinfection (9%)
2+ Coinfection (32%)
No Co-infection (68%)

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 3,141 ticks.
24% Positive
76% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 8,989 ticks.
36% Positive
64% Negative

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

Nymphal Deer Ticks

Sample size of 2,818 ticks.
8% Positive
92% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 8,578 ticks.
10% Positive
90% Negative

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

Nymphal Lone Star Ticks

Sample size of 877 ticks.
49% Positive
51% Negative

Adult Female Lone Star Ticks

Sample size of 291 ticks.
51% Positive
49% Negative

Pathogenic Prevalence in Michigan

The bars below show the positive/negative prevalence ratio of selected pathogens we test for. These pathogens were observed in ticks from Michigan. 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 275 ticks.
17% Positive
83% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (American dog tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 151 ticks.
1% Positive
99% Negative

Anaplasma phagocytophilum associated with anaplasmosis

Sample size of 342 ticks.
3% Positive
97% Negative

Babesia microti associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 272 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Bartonella spp. associated with bartonellosis

Sample size of 142 ticks.
3% Positive
97% Negative

Ehrlichia chaffeensis associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 169 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Rickettsia spp. associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 70 ticks.
14% Positive
86% Negative

Francisella tularensis associated with tularemia

Sample size of 102 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Borrelia miyamotoi associated with B. miyamotoi

Sample size of 187 ticks.
1% Positive
99% Negative

Borrelia lonestari associated with STARI

Sample size of 79 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Babesia spp. associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 70 ticks.
4% Positive
96% Negative

Mycoplasma spp. associated with Mycoplasma spp.

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

Borrelia spp. associated with Borrelia spp.

Sample size of 74 ticks.
16% Positive
84% Negative

Powassan virus General associated with Powassan virus General

Sample size of 58 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Borrelia mayonii associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 98 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Ehrlichia ewingii associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 53 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Rickettsia amblyommii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 50 ticks.
12% Positive
88% Negative

Babesia duncani associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 60 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Rickettsia rickettsii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 140 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Ehrlichia muris-like associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 60 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Anaplasma phagocytophilum - Deer Variant associated with non-human anaplasmosis

Sample size of 82 ticks.
1% Positive
99% Negative

Anaplasma phagocytophilum - Human Active associated with anaplasmosis

Sample size of 82 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative
Pathogen and co-infected tick prevalence data is © TickCheck, and is derived from our tick testing results and laboratory research.