We are collecting ticks
Send any ticks that you find to us
We are currently collecting, identifying, and tracking areas with heavy tick populations and tick-borne diseases. You can help by sending us any ticks that you find along with information on where and when you find them. See instructions below for sending ticks.
Interested in viewing our current data?
Look at Our Data →
Instructions for Sending Ticks
After proper removal of tick, place it in sealed bag/container or in tape. Provide answers to the following questionnaire. Either drop off the tick and information at the designated drop boxes or mail the tick in an envelope to the Tick Collection address.
Date tick was found.
Location tick was found. (Street or GIS coordinates)
Activity during tick discovery. (Hiking, jogging, etc.)
On whom tick was found. (Human or pet)
Whether tick was biting or crawling.
If biting, where on person/pet tick was found. If biting a human, what age is the individual.
We have found that taping an individual tick to a piece of paper with the needed information written next to the tick has been the easiest method for people as well as for collection. This method has allowed people to collect ticks over a span of multiple days or from multiple people and/or pets.
Mail ticks to:
Dr. Kaitlyn Morse
PO Box 183
Ashland, NH 03217
Tick drop off box locations:
No permanent tick collection box has been placed yet, it is our plan to have them at our parks and trails. We do have gathering locations at:
NH Camps Camp Hawkeye Attn: Garrett Colgan-Snyder
At PSU in Boyd Hall next to room 223
Tenney Mountain Lodge
Rotary Club Plymouth, NH
by word of mouth
Enterprise Center, Plymouth, NH
Attn: Sara Holland
Midstate Health, Bolder Point,
Attn: Angel Ekstrom
How to remove a tick
If you find a tick attached to your skin, there is no need to panic. Follow these steps to remove a tick according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Use fine-tipped tweezers or your fingers to grasp the tick as close to the the skin’s surface as possible. You want to make sure you get the mouth.
Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or jerk the tick, this can cause the mouth-parts to break off and remain in the skin.
After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and water.
Do not discard your tick; save it. Place the tick in a sealed bag/container, answer the questions in our questionnaire, and send the tick to Bebop Labs for testing.
To learn how to prevent tick bites, visit our Prevention page →