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 65% of tick tested are infected with at least one disease causing organism, 41% 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
65% Positive for Infection
Negative (35%)
Ixodes scapularis (deer tick)
79% Positive for Infection
Negative (21%)
Amblyomma americanum (lone star tick)
62% Positive for Infection
Negative (38%)
Dermacentor variabilis (American dog tick)
39% Positive for Infection
Negative (61%)

Coinfection Visualization

4+ Coinfection (5%)
3+ Coinfection (15%)
2+ Coinfection (41%)
No Co-infection (59%)

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 923 ticks.
23% Positive
77% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 1,618 ticks.
36% Positive
64% Negative

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

Nymphal Deer Ticks

Sample size of 602 ticks.
10% Positive
90% Negative

Adult Female Deer Ticks

Sample size of 1,210 ticks.
12% Positive
88% Negative

Pathogenic Prevalence in New Jersey

The bars below show the positive/negative prevalence ratio of selected pathogens we test for. These pathogens were observed in ticks from New Jersey. 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 478 ticks.
26% Positive
74% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (lone star tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 294 ticks.
6% Positive
94% Negative

Borrelia burgdorferi (American dog tick) associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 220 ticks.
3% Positive
97% Negative

Anaplasma phagocytophilum associated with anaplasmosis

Sample size of 427 ticks.
9% Positive
91% Negative

Babesia microti associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 288 ticks.
8% Positive
92% Negative

Bartonella spp. associated with bartonellosis

Sample size of 217 ticks.
32% Positive
68% Negative

Ehrlichia chaffeensis associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 326 ticks.
4% Positive
96% Negative

Rickettsia spp. associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 339 ticks.
24% Positive
76% Negative

Francisella tularensis associated with tularemia

Sample size of 282 ticks.
3% Positive
97% Negative

Borrelia miyamotoi associated with B. miyamotoi

Sample size of 232 ticks.
6% Positive
94% Negative

Borrelia lonestari associated with STARI

Sample size of 262 ticks.
15% Positive
85% Negative

Babesia spp. associated with babesiosis

Sample size of 80 ticks.
10% Positive
90% Negative

Mycoplasma spp. associated with Mycoplasma spp.

Sample size of 186 ticks.
5% Positive
95% Negative

Borrelia spp. associated with Borrelia spp.

Sample size of 85 ticks.
21% Positive
79% Negative

Powassan virus Lineage II associated with Deer tick virus

Sample size of 30 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
10% Positive
90% Negative

Borrelia mayonii associated with Lyme disease

Sample size of 67 ticks.
0% Positive
100% Negative

Ehrlichia ewingii associated with ehrlichiosis

Sample size of 85 ticks.
1% Positive
99% Negative

Rickettsia amblyommii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 78 ticks.
27% Positive
73% Negative

Rickettsia rickettsii associated with Rocky Mountain spotted fever

Sample size of 44 ticks. Warning: Low Sample Size
2% Positive
98% Negative
Pathogen and co-infected tick prevalence data is © TickCheck, and is derived from our tick testing results and laboratory research.