Ticks have become quite abundant in many parts of Vermont. While ticks are mostly a nuisance, some can carry pathogens. Pathogens are microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause illness. If a tick infected with a pathogen bites you, disease transmission is possible, and you may become sick.
Thirteen different tick species have been identified in Vermont, but only four are known to carry pathogens that cause disease in humans:
|Deer Tick||Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis|
|American Dog Tick||Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia|
|Lone Star Tick||Ehrlichiosis|
Spot a tick? Share where!
Share information about what kind of ticks you have found, and where you saw them.
Report on any ticks you come across − the more reports posted, the better the information for all!
The best way to prevent disease is to prevent tick bites
Tickborne illnesses are most frequently transmitted between early spring and late fall since ticks are most active during warm months. By taking preventive measures, such as wearing a repellent containing 30% DEET, checking your body daily for ticks, and actively limiting exposure to ticks and tick habitats, you can decrease your risk of infection.
- Read our booklet: "Be Tick Smart"
- Tick Identifier Card
- Prevent tick bites
- Insect repellent tips
- Control ticks around your home & property
Listen to our audio PSA's about how to "Be Tick Smart" and prevent Lyme disease
Congratulations to our 2015 "Be Tick Smart" Video Contest Winners!
Thank you to all the students who submitted a video.
1st Place: Be Tick Smart – It’s Easy
by Kaelan, Aja, and Rebekah - River Valley Technical Center
2nd Place: Repel. Inspect. Remove.
by MyKayle and Nani - Burlington Technical Center, Electronic Recording Arts
3rd Place: Patrick Goes for a Walk
by Phineas and Skip - Burlington Technical Center, Electronic Recording Arts