After a particularly miserable spring here (to put it mildly), it’s finally warming up, and the snow’s almost gone. That’s the good news. The bad news is that ticks are also going to start coming out and looking for food – that means looking for animals (including us).

I assume there will be lots of tick posts on this site over the next few months. That’s for good reason, since tickborne diseases are an important topic and the risk of tickborne disease exposure continues to increase in many areas.

To help increase tick awareness and surveillance, we’ve launched a companion site: This website will (surprise, surprise) focus on ticks, and has a re-tooled version of our PetTickTracker that was originally launched in May 2017. The new tick tracker has an easy  online submission process and we’ll hopefully soon have more real-time plotting of tick tracker results on the map.  You can also still access last year’s PetTickTracker maps by clicking here.