See a Tick?   Snap a Pic!


You can help us monitor tick population trends and tick-borne disease risks. is keeping track of tick encounters across the US, and we need all of the Tick Detectives we can get! Thousands of citizen scientists like yourself are submitting REAL data that’s helping drive tick awareness tools. Once we’ve collected some data, we’ll be posting real-time data on our website! Simply fill out the form below, upload a (clear & close-up) photo of the tick – or bring it in to our home office we’ll ID it for you for free! 


We typically reply within 24 Hours. NEED AN ID SOONER?
TXT a photo of the tick along with your LOCATION (City & State) to the Tick Safety Hotline: (703) 828-4343.

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  1. Found on my leg

  2. Our dog had 2 of these ticks, one in each ear; the first tick we found was almost fully engorged after only being attached for no more than 24 hours, because we check him regularly. The second tick, found in the exact same place on his other ear (in the soft fold at the bottom/inside of (each) ear) was much smaller and possibly male, we assume due its size. Unfortunately we were unable to photograph the 2nd tick as we found it while traveling. A veterinary tech we consulted after we found the first, larger tick, advised us that ticks are often found in pairs; while I cannot attest the veracity of this advise, it did compel us to (double and triple) check our dog and led to the discovery of the second, much smaller tick, attached to the soft fold at the base of his other ear; I cannot stress enough that that despite thoroughly checking him after discovering the first (much larger) tick (in the attached photos) this advice about them attaching in pairs (if you found one, we were advised, there is most likely another) may be an old wives tale, it was correct in this case. Had we not been given this advice we would not have discovered the second tick as soon as we did, as it was much, much smaller (but still larger than an unfed tick, it was clearly already partially blood-filled) once we found it. Each tick was found attached in the same place on each ear. The instructions for removing them as provided on your website was absolutely correct and successful; we used snub-nosed tweezers to (carefully) grasp each tick as close to the skin as possible and pulled them out. Note: our dog (a toy-breed Chihuahua) is 9 years old and was raised in Massachusetts, where deer ticks are prevalent, he never had a single tick encounter. However, after only 2 days in SW Florida, he acquired 2 ticks, which leads one to believe they are becoming a clear, increasing threat here in the Gulf Coast. Also, we were immediately aware of a large rabbit population here, which may be host to these ticks at some stage of their development. Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any further questions.

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