Fordham Tick Index

The Weekend Deer Tick Index

May 24 to 27, 2024

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Tick Index

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.

Regional Map for Tick Index including:  Manhattan, Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Nassau, Suffolk, Hudson, Essex

Tick Fact of the Week

Memorial Day is the official start of the summer/tick risk season and a good time to remind you of some tips to reduce exposure to ticks. Avoid woody, brushy areas where ticks reside, wear long pants and long-sleeve shirts when possible, tuck your pants into your socks, wear repellent, and check for ticks. Light-colored clothing is a good option to keep cool but also to better find any ticks that might be crawling on you. Enjoy the holiday!

Welcome back to the Tick Index. We will be updating the index weekly on Fridays through the fall.

For further information, contact Thomas Daniels.