The Minnesota Department of Health Tickborne Diseases Prevention Poster Contest - Minnesota Dept. of Health

Tick Monitoring

Have you found a suspicious-looking tick?

Fill out a Tick Identification and Submission Form and mail it into our tick experts. We will identify the tick and let you know what it is. By doing so, you will also help us monitor tick species that may be affecting people and animals in Minnesota.

Staff from the Minnesota Department of Health Vectorborne Disease Unit regularly hunt for ticks at various sites throughout the state in a process called “tick dragging”. Using a white canvas cloth, ticks are collected and identified to species under a microscope. Scientists can then use this information to understand when and where ticks are active in Minnesota, how many ticks are infected with a disease agent, and explore other research questions as well.

image of tick drag cloth in the wild

Updated Tuesday, 24-Jul-2018 14:55:26 CDT