Tick Surveillance


It’s Tick Nymph Season

Ticks go through 4 life stages: egg, larva, nymph, and adult.  Spring and early summer are when tick nymphs are most active and they can be infected with the same […]


JCVCD Begins Annual Tick Collections

JCVCD kicked off it’s 2023 tick collections last week!  We collect Western blacklegged ticks (Ixodes pacificus) from locations throughout Jackson County for disease testing.  Western blacklegged ticks are capable of […]

Western Blacklegged Tick (Ixodes pacificus)

Ticks in Autumn? Yes!

You might be surprised to learn that adult Western blacklegged ticks (Ixodes pacificus) are quite active in fall and early winter.  These small ticks depend on moisture in their environment […]

Avoiding ticks while camping

Avoiding Ticks While Camping

You may be taking suitable precautions to protect yourself from bears and other wild animals while camping, but have you considered little pests that can be as small as the […]

Tick-Borne Diseases are Hard to Diagnose

Why Tick-Borne Diseases are Hard to Diagnose

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) lists sixteen different diseases transmitted by ticks in the United States, including Lyme disease, Babesiosis, Anaplasmosis, and Ehrlichiosis.  Since 2004, confirmed cases of tick-borne […]

preventing ticks in yards

Preventing Ticks in Yards

Ticks are a dangerous vector insect species found in many parts of the United States.  They require an animal host to survive and reproduce and feed on the host animal’s […]


Learn About Lyme: Signs & Symptoms

Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected tick. Signs and symptoms like a rash, fever, chills, and muscle pain can begin 3 to 30 days after a […]

Photo Credit: California Dept. of Public Health

National Lyme Disease Awareness Month

May is Lyme disease awareness month!  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Lyme disease is the most common vector-borne disease in the United States with about […]

Tick sampling at Woodrat Mountain

Be Tick Aware!

This spring, JCVCD wants you to be tick aware!  Two species of ticks, the American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) and the Western black-legged tick (Ixodes pacificus) are common in our […]