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Fordham Tick Index

Fordham Tick Index

The Tick Index for the week of July 18 through 25, is:


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.

How not to remove a tick: burn it off with a match, apply nail polish remover to it, squeeze and pull it off with your bare hands, smother it in petroleum jelly, or slice it off with a knife.  You can do as much damage to yourself as to the tick.   

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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