Unfortunately, with such a large inventory of arthropods, processing has taken more time than anticipated. We do not have any major results to share at this time pertaining to infection risks or pathogen prevalence, but we can share some of the pest prevalence data we gathered from your submissions.
The three most commonly submitted parasitic arthropods were deer keds, blacklegged ticks, and winter ticks. The chart above represents the proportion of infected deer from the PA counties that returned kits in the 2018 portion of this study. The underlying gray layer identifies the counties known to have deer keds. Though these results are not fully tested or statistically analyzed, they do reveal an interesting pattern of parasite distribution and diversity across the state. Just as hunting opportunities and wildlife composition changes with location, elevation, and habitat, so too do the parasites and disease risks.
We are so happy with the response and dedication people have shown for this study and we are excited to continue it in the 2019 hunting season. We are also expanding the scope of the study to Delaware and Maryland. We hope to have last year’s specimens completely analyzed by the end of this year and start on this year’s specimens immediately. Updates will follow. If you wish to participate again or missed the sign-ups last year please visit our Order a Kit page and receive your free sampling kit. We hope to hear from you.