Tick Testing Maps & Statistics for Alberta

Where were ticks submitted within Alberta from 2018-2022?

This interactive map displays where ticks were encountered and submitted to Geneticks from within Canada. Hovering your cursor over an individual tick entry will display the details associated with that submission. Each entry has been stripped of identifying information and the coordinates lightly randomized to protect user anonymity. The default display shows ticks that tested positive (Red) and negative (Green) for Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto (Lyme disease causing). To view other pathogen data click the arrows below each map to see data for Borrelia speciesBorrelia burgdorferi sensu strictoBorrelia miyamotoiAnaplasma phagocytophilumBabesia microtiBabesia duncaniBabesia odocoilei, Bartonella species.

Click on the arrows to navigate the following maps showing ticks infected with Borrelia speciesBorrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto, Borrelia miyamotoi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia microti, Babesia duncani, Babesia odocoilei, and Bartonella species.

Want to view data for Alberta from a specific year?

Click the year below to see the corresponding map.

Tick Species Composition: 2018-2022

While vast majority of all ticks submitted to Geneticks from within in Alberta are Dog ticks (Dermacentor variabilis), Canadians are regularly encountering other tick species that have the potential to carry clinically relevant pathogens. Geneticks offers extensive testing options to detect these pathogens.

Species composition of ticks submitted to Geneticks. Ticks were visually identified according to the key provided in A Handbook of the Ticks of Canada (Ixodida: Ixodidae, Argasidae). Click the arrows to view species composition data for Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador.

When were Dermacentor (variabilis & andersoni) ticks contacted in Alberta?

Distribution of Dermacentor variabilis and Dermacentor andersoni ticks submitted per month to Geneticks from across Canada (2018-2022).This data excludes Dermacentor variabilis and andersoni nymph and larvae ticks and ticks of other genera and species. Click on the arrows to navigate between the graphs for Canada, British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.

Key to Latin Names


Blacklegged Tick

Blacklegged Tick

Ixodes Scapularis

Western Blacklegged Tick

Western Blacklegged Tick

Ixodes Pacificus

Lonestar Tick

Lonestar Tick

Amblyomma Americanum

Dog Tick

Dog Tick

Dermacentor Variabilis

Beaver Tick

Beaver Tick

Ixodes Banksi

Groundhog Tick

Groundhog Tick

Ixodes Cookei

Squirrel Tick

Squirrel Tick

Ixodes Marxi

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

Rocky Mountain Wood Tick

Dermacentor Andersoni

Brown Dog tick

Brown Dog tick

Rhipicephalus Sanguineus


Borrelia spp.

Any species of bacteria belonging to the genus Borrelia. This includes bacteria that cause Lyme disease and tick-borne relapsing fever.

Borrelia burgdorferi sensu stricto

The main causative agent of Lyme disease in North America.

Borrelia miyamotoi

The primary causative agent of tick-borne relapsing fever acquired by hard ticks in North America.

Anaplasma phagocytophilum

The causative agent of human granulocytic anaplasmosis.

Babesia microti

The primary causative agent of babesiosis.

Babesi odocoilei

A recently recognized causative agent of babesiosis.

Bartonella spp.

Any species of bacteria belonging to the genus Bartonella. These bacteria are the causative agents of bartonellosis

Provincial Tick Testing Data

Curious about data specific to your province of residence? Click on the provincial links below to learn more about the ticks submitted for testing in your region.

***Please note that all of the statistics and maps presented above represent data collected from tick testing results for ticks submitted to Geneticks ONLY. This information should be used for educational purposes only and should not be used to estimate your risk of encountering ticks or contracting tick-borne diseases. The absence of ticks or select tick-borne pathogens in a geographical area does not mean those ticks or pathogens are not present. It simply means that those ticks and/or pathogens have not been detected by our testing methods in the samples submitted to us. This data is intended to be used for educational purposes only.***

All maps were developed with generous funding from the Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation.