When you have collected ticks using your Bullseye residential tick drag, don’t flush them down the toilet or destroy them. There are several government organizations and universities across North America that will identify ticks for free. Many offer the service of identifying ticks by reviewing tick photo submissions. You just email them a photo of the tick and provide key information such as the date and geographic area where the tick was collected.
You will be provided the life stage and species of your tick, and each will have different risk levels of carrying and transmitting disease. This information will determine if tick control methods or additional personal protection measures are needed.
Your photo submission will also assist scientists gain further information on tick distribution, activity periods and the presence of invasive tick species.
The most well-known site that provides a tick photo identification service is Tickspotters ( https://tickencounter.org/tickspotters )which is affiliated with the University of Rhode Island. Tickspotters will accept photos of ticks found anywhere in North America.
Bishops University in Quebec also as has an excellent public platform for tick image identification ( https://www.etick.ca/ ). Photos submitted to this site will assist in increasing the knowledge of the range of ticks in Canada. In 2018, only ticks collected in Quebec were eligible for identification. Other provinces will be added in 2019.