TickSpotters Photo Tips

Easy steps to improve your tick photo submission

Step 1

Remove the tick from bag or container with a pointy tweezer.

(plastic bags often distort the tick image making identification difficult)

Step 2

Place the tick on a flat, white background – top side facing up.

(make sure you have good top lighting)

Step 3

Move your camera or smart phone to focus on the tick. There are two different types of ticks that require different focus attention:

Engorged “Round” Ticks:

If your tick is engorged, concentrate on the face and shield area of the tick.

Unfed “Flat” Ticks:

If your tick is unfed, concentrate on the entire top of the tick

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