Tick Surveillance

collecting ticks using a tick drag cloth

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture has a robust tick surveillance program. We have nearly completed a 5-year statewide survey of all towns and gores in Vermont to gather information on what tick species we have in Vermont, what their preferred habitats are, and what the tick density is by town. These ticks have been tested for diseases such as Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, Powassan virus, and Borrelia miyamotoi.

Ticks are collected by flagging and/or dragging a white cloth through leaf litter and vegetation. Questing ticks will attach to the fabric. Ticks are identified and blacklegged ticks are tested for pathogens. Testing results can be found on the Tick Reports page.

 

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

 

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.5050
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory                                  802.585.6073
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                           802.828.2433
  • Produce Program                  802.522.7811
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Grants                                  802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431