UACES Facebook Arkansas Tick Collection project | Citizen science project to collect ticks in Arkansas

Arkansas Tickborne Disease Project

Every year, hundreds of Arkansans fall victim to tick-borne illnesses. The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is conducting a statewide study to find out two things:

  1. What species of ticks live in Arkansas and where,
  2. What diseases they carry and where these diseases are found in Arkansas.

Quick facts:

  • Ticks can be collected from harvested deer, pets, or by trapping. (Ask your county agent how.)
  • This study is not intended to diagnose individual cases of tick-borne disease. Consult your physician.

The study, now in its second year, is supported by a grant from the Arkansas Biosciences Institute. Full results will be reported following a third year of collections.

For more information, contact your county extension office, or email Dr. Kelly Loftin, at kloftin@uaex.edu.

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How YOU can get involved

This project will not succeed without your help. We are asking for "citizen scientists" to help us gather the needed specimens to get a full picture of what types of ticks are causing diseases in our state. If you are collecting ticks keep these tips in mind:

  • Capture the ticks ALIVE and intact
  • Specimens must have their mouths intact
  • Record the location! Use GPS coordinates or name of the park, address, etc.
  • Collectors will remain anonymous
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The Tick Kit

The kit comes with five vials filled with preservatives and a card for recording locations of collection. We included a self-addressed envelope to return the kits to our lab.

Learn what is in the tick kit
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Mapping the Results

Results of tick kits received by the research team will be displayed on a real-time interactive map. Click map pins to see details about the collection samples.

See updated tick study map