Eau Claire (WQOW) – If you like spending time outdoors, there’s a new app researchers are asking you to download to help them track ticks.
It’s called the “tick app” and it was designed by a group of researchers at UW-Madison to help them gather data about where certain ticks may be across the state.
If you download the app, you’ll be able to use it to identify ticks and learn how to remove them, along with useful prevention tips and basic tick information.
If you find a tick on yourself, you can send a picture of it through the app, and researchers will provide you with information on what to do next.
“It could be that people are actually picking these things up right in the domestic environment, right around their houses, maybe when they’re out gardening or even mowing the grass or walking out to the mailbox,” said Susan Paskewitz, chair of the Entomology department at UW-Madison. “We would just like to have a lot more information about how human behaviors might be affecting encounters with ticks.”
The app is free (just search ‘the tick app’ in your phone’s app store), and once downloaded you’ll answer a series of questions to provide location and impact data. Paskewitz also said you should check in with the app each time you go outside, even if you don’t find a tick, to help their research and keep the app up to date.