In 2023, we celebrated our first peer-reviewed published journal article. Thank You to all our volunteers and everyone who mailed us ticks! You are all scientists and helping to better our community and environment.
What is unique about this publication is the focus on only the state of NH and that we collected 14,252 ticks from 2018-2021. Within the publication you will also find:
- Table on all the tick species we collected.
- A graph showing the time of year ticks were found: Dog tick season peaks in June, Blacklegged (deer) tick season peaks in May and October
- NH tick distribution maps.
- Table showing the disease abundances: Blacklegged (deer) ticks, 37% tested positive for Lyme, 1% Miyamotoi, 6% Anaplasma, and 5% Babesia. Only one Dog tick (~0.1%) tested positive for Tularemia.
- Activities done while encountering ticks: Walking/hiking was the activity reported with the most tick encounters, while biking was the least.
- We modeled the distribution of both Blacklegged (deer) ticks and Dog ticks using temperature, soil moisture, and air water vapor deficit. The model predicts the probability of both species tick abundance throughout the state, and is limited by the community science project run by BeBop Labs.
Click the button below to read the full article, now a primary source – Passive collection of ticks in New Hampshire reveals species-specific patterns of distribution and activity