Where on your body are you most likely to find a tick? Upstate study has the answer

Ticks collected in Central New York

Two black-legged ticks — an adult female, rear, and a nymph — crawl on a sheet of paper. They were collected by Upstate Medical University researchers at Green Lakes State Park as part of a research study to see what diseases ticks carry and what synergistic effects those diseases might produce in the bodies of animals, including humans, bitten by ticks.N. Scott Trimble |

Syracuse, N.Y. – When you check your body for ticks after being outdoors, start with your thighs.

That’s the most likely spot to find ticks, according to a survey by Upstate Medical University’s tick-borne disease lab.

Of the 748 black-legged ticks sent over this spring and summer that had been attached to humans, nearly 16% of them were pulled off the thigh. Another 7% were pulled from the groin.

“Ticks like to go and feed on the human body in places where it’s moist and warm,” said Saravanan Thangamani, professor of microbiology and immunology at Upstate and director of the SUNY Center for Environmental Health and Medicine. “The tick has evolved to go into places where humans can’t check themselves very easily.”



Important graph:

Where deer ticks attach on the body

While interesting, don’t take this as gospel.  You can and will find ticks anywhere and everywhere.  Also, they obtained their data from a self-reported questionnaire – meaning there very well may have been ticks they didn’t find.

For tick prevention: