Ticks have become quite abundant in many parts of Vermont. While ticks are mostly a nuisance, some can carry pathogens. Pathogens are microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and parasites that cause illness. If a tick infected with a pathogen bites you, disease transmission is possible, and you may become sick.
Thirteen different tick species have been identified in Vermont, but only four are known to carry pathogens that cause disease in humans:
|Deer Tick||Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis|
|American Dog Tick||Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Tularemia|
|Lone Star Tick||Ehrlichiosis|
- Spot a tick? Share where
Use our Tick Tracker to share information about where and what kind of ticks you found.
The best way to prevent disease is to prevent tick bites
Tickborne illnesses are most frequently transmitted between early spring and late fall since ticks are most active during warm months. By taking preventive measures, such as wearing a repellent containing 30% DEET, checking your body daily for ticks, and actively limiting exposure to ticks and tick habitats, you can decrease your risk of infection.
- Read our booklet: "Be Tick Smart"
- Tick Identifier Card
- Prevent tick bites
- Insect repellent tips
- Control ticks around your home & property
Listen to our audio PSA's about how to "Be Tick Smart" and prevent Lyme disease
2015 Video Contest
The 2015 Lyme disease Video Contest is ON!
Inviting all high school students in Vermont (grades 9-12) to create a 60-second PSA-style video and sumbmit it by May 1, 2015. Gift card prizes up to $100 for winners. Read the guidelines and print the flyer to share.
Congratulations to the winners of the
2014 Be Tick Smart video contest!
View the winning videos and all the submissions here
1st Place Winners: Aja and Kaelan Selbach-Broad from River Valley Technical Center
2nd Place Winners: Elliot Thompson and Rebekah Ferreira from River Valley Technical Center
3rd Place Winners: Tyler King, Jared Brueckner, Branden Lawrence, Nick Hendee, William Giasson, Kaitlyn Kirby, Brody Greenra, and Emily Johnson from BFA Fairfax