Tick Collections for Statewide Surveillance Partners: Free Training, Diagnostics, and Manuals

Free Identification Assistance With Tick Submissions to Local Health Departments & Mosquito Abatement Districts

Public health and allied personnel can contact Dr. Holly Tuten for assistance with identifications of ticks. This includes expert identifications of ticks at the INHS Medical Entomology Lab, training in tick identifications, and confirmations of identifications.

Free Training in Tick Collections for Public & Environmental Health Personnel 

Dr. Holly Tuten, left, a vector ecologist with the UIUC Illinois Natural History Survey, collects ticks in a central Illinois forest with graduate student Emily Struckhoff, right. Collection methods include tick dragging and dry ice trapping.

Are you a biological researcher or employee/intern of a public organization in Illinois like a state park, forest/city parks district, mosquito abatement district, local public health department, or other allied profession?

You can drag for ticks and send them to our lab for free identifications and pathogen testing. Please contact Dr. Holly Tuten for training materials, assistance with site selection & permitting, and further details.

Here is a map at the Illinois Department of Public Health presenting results of our statewide tick surveillance work to date.

Personal Protection & Preparing For Tick Surveillance

Click on picture of people below for our PDF manual “INHS Medical Entomology Lab: Fieldworker Guide to Tick Safety”

Click on picture of tick drag below for our PDF manual “INHS Medical Entomology Lab: Quick-Start Guide to Tick Collections”