Introducing 'The Tick App'

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Columbia University, thanks to funding from the Center for Disease Control and Infection, have announced the development of ‘The Tick App’.

The Tick App is a smartphone application that allows individuals to report ticks in their area as well as share tick experiences with researchers. This information allows researchers to better understand the practices and activities that impact exposure and risk for tick-borne diseases.

The app also includes tick identification information, suggested ways to prevent tick exposure and allows for tick photo submission for identification by an expert.

The Tick App can be downloaded on GooglePlay or iTunes for smartphones. There is also an option to participate on a desktop if an individual doesn’t have a smartphone.

For more information, visit The Tick App website.


The Tick App is a research study in which people contribute as Citizen Scientists. With that said, users of the Tick App will need to provide consent to the research and complete an enrollment survey.

The research obtained from the Tick App will be used to develop better strategies to prevent tick bites, reduce tickborne disease and improve the health of individuals.

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