Spring marks the start of nymphal blacklegged tick season, and this year the newest version 3.2.0 of The Tick App has been released. Through citizen science, we examine the ways human behavior and day-to-day activities influence people’s risk for tick-borne diseases and tick exposure. The Tick App features daily logs, tick identification services, local tick activity reports, tick check reminders, and more!. Turning on location services can inform you about local blacklegged tick activity.
As work from home and social distancing will limit research and education on tick-borne diseases this summer, remote participation through citizen science is crucial.
The Tick App team is also partnering with health departments and vector control units in the Northeast to promote The Tick App and provide them with information on tick activity affecting their communities.
By filling out daily logs, interacting with, and using our new application, you can assist us in answering our team’s research question: how and where are people being exposed to ticks? This will help us develop strategies to minimize your risk of tick exposure through carefully designed prevention strategies.
If you’ve previously downloaded The Tick App, remember to update it to the newest version. Because of the update, tick identification services are processed quicker for version 3.2.0 users.
Please download The Tick App through the Apple App Store or Google Play and start fighting ticks today!