Deer ticks, Ixodes scapularis

Deer tick size comparisons

Deer tick, Ixodes scapularis

Tick Awareness and Prevention

For the most up to date information on Tick awareness and prevention go to Cornell's NYS IPM webpage.

Additional Resources

The New York State Department of Health page includes information on Lyme disease and other diseases spread by ticks, and suggested repellants.  Note that tick identification services are no longer available through the NYS Department of Health.

It's Spring–Time to Prevent Lyme Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Describes how to prevent tick bites, checking yourself for ticks, how to remove a tick, symptoms of Lyme Disease, reducing ticks in your yard and on your animals.

Learn About Lyme Disease, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Covers prevention, transmission, symptoms, diagnoses, treatment, statistics, resources, and contacts. The site includes information on How to Correctly Remove a Tick, as well as a link to The TIck Management Handbook (8800 kb, PDF) an 84-page guide for homeowners, pest control operators, and public health officials for the prevention of tick-associated disease, compiled by the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.

Insect Repellents: Use and Effectiveness, Environmental Protection Agency, 2010. This EPA fact sheet includes a tool for identifying a skin-applied repellent that is appropriate for repelling ticks and/or mosquitos, instructions on how to apply, and length of effectiveness.

Workplace Safety for Lyme Disease, National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, 2010. Discusses occupations at risk for contracting Lyme Disease, recommendations for employers, and recommendations for workers.

Last updated June 20, 2019