The 2021 New York State Tick Blitz has concluded.
Stay tuned for customizable training materials for anyone who is interested in hosting a tick blitz in their community!
What is the Tick Blitz?
We are conducting a Tick Blitz in the Hudson Valley region of New York State to undertand where different tick species are present in the state and track their northward expansion.
How Does it Work?
- Individuals who register to participate will receive a kit in the mail that has everything you need to collect ticks and protect yourself
- Participants will collect ticks at a location of their choosing at least once between June 13 and June 19, 2021
- Information on collected ticks will be made available online by our research team
When and Where?
Tick collections will happen between June 13 and June 19, 2021.
Targeted counties include: Bronx - Columbia - Delaware - Dutchess - Greene - Kings - Nassau - New York - Orange - Putnam - Queens - Richmond - Rockland - Suffolk - Sullivan - Ulster - Westchester
Guides for Participants
Quick Reference Guide
The quick reference guide is a PDF document where you can find key information for the Tick Blitz Week. The guide includes slides from the training webinar with a few updates, and more detailed instructions on storing and mailing the ticks!
Field Collection Sheet
Need extra field collection sheets to record your tick collections?
Tick Blitz FAQ - Answers to frequently asked questions you may hear from passers-by when you sample for ticks
Tick Sampling Guide - Guide for collecting ticks from the field
To Do At Home - List of things to do once you are home after a day of sampling for ticks
Tick Storage - Instructions on how to store the ticks
Mailing Ticks - A guide for how you will mail the ticks back to Cornell
Tick Blitz Kit Return - Instructions on what items in the collection kit you will keep and which you will return to Cornell
The collection results from the New York State Tick Blitz can now be viewed on an interactive map!
Results have been grouped by zip code. Each dot on the map represents a zipcode where ticks were collected. The size of the dot represents how many ticks were collected in that zip code. Note: The dots are placed at the center of the zip code and do not show the locations where actual tick collections occurred.
You can zoom in and out on the map and click on each dot to see what ticks were found in each zip code across the Hudson Valley Region of New York!