Preparing for field work
Getting ready to drag for ticks.
Dragging for ticks
Research students collect ticks in Connecticut woodlands.
Checking drag cloth
Research students check drag cloth for ticks.
Ticks on a Drag Cloth
Specimens collected in the field.
Tick nymph finds a human host.
Tick on a catbird
Birds as well as mammals are known to host ticks.
Ticks on grass
Ticks are easily brushed onto people and animals walking by.
Ticks in a tube
Field collected specimens being prepared for storage.
The inventory and detailed records for each individual tick are kept, including tick pedigrees, source of each blood meal, and mortality rates within and between life stages.
In the lab
Lab workers wear white for safety.