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Fordham Tick Index

Fordham Tick Index
 
THE WEEKEND DEER TIcK INDEX

The Tick Index for the week of September 26 through October 3, is:

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Questing Adult Deer Ticks
Photo by James Vellozzi

The Fordham Tick Index is an estimate of the risk of being bitten by a nymphal or adult deer tick. Both of these stages are active at this time of year, although the smaller nymph is responsible for many more cases of Lyme disease. This index measures risk relative to other times of year. For more information about preventing tick bites, controlling ticks, Lyme disease and other illnesses ticks carry, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

The Fordham Tick Index is provided as a weekly public service by Fordham University and is based on both current and historical data from one site in Westchester County, N.Y. It is an estimate only. Actual risk may vary geographically. Therefore, always take precautions to prevent tick bites when outdoors.

  01 = Low risk.
Enjoy the outdoors, but take precautions.

05 = Moderate risk.
Ticks are fairly abundant. Use caution.

10 = High risk.
Limit exposure and use extreme caution. If you’re thinking of taking a hike, consider going to a movie instead.
TICK FACT OF THE WEEK
Since white-tailed deer are the main host of adult blacklegged ticks, deer reduction has been considered as a way to reduce ticks and therefore, Lyme disease.  A 13-year study in Connecticut found that when deer density is reduced by at least 87 percent, reported human cases of Lyme disease were significantly reduced as well.  How feasible a strategy this is will vary from one community to another.
 
For background on the Tick Index, see:
"What We Talk About When We Talk About Ticks"

For futher information, contact Thomas Daniels
 
 
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