Fordham Tick Index

The Weekend Deer Tick Index

For the Independence Day weekend--July 3, 4, and 5--the tick index is:

7 out of 10

Adult deer tick

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.

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

Camping is a very popular July 4th activity; a few days in the woods can remind anyone of the country’s beauty. But you’re not alone out there and coming home with ticks is not a great way to remember the trip. Take precautions: pants tucked into socks, wear repellent, and check for ticks (again) when you get home. 

For background on the Tick Index, see: What We Talk About When We Talk About Ticks

For further information, contact Thomas Daniels.