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A Recently Developed App Can Identify Tick-Types

Filed under: A Recently Developed App Can Identify Tick-Types — Tags: — New Jersey Pest Control @ 1:03 am August 4, 2017

A Recently Developed App Can Identify Tick-Types

Lyme disease is a concern for many people living in the United States and elsewhere. The midwest and northeastern regions of the United States are home to a variety of different types of ticks. Some of these ticks could spread the dreaded illness known as lyme disease, while other ticks can be dismissed as harmless. So how can you tell which ticks are to be feared, and which are not? Not everybody is a tick expert, so identifying ticks can be tricky, even for people living in areas inhabited by ticks. Also, people sometimes find ticks that are already embedded within their skin. In these cases the entire body of the tick is not visible. If you attempt to remove a tick from your body, it could lose its legs and sustain other damages that could make it hard to identify. How can a tick be identified by an average citizen when its body is obscured? Well, thanks to one young and enterprising  individual, an app has been developed that can assist you in identifying different types of ticks.

Alexandre Guertin, who is earning his masters in computer science, released a tick identifying app for IOS and Android Systems not too long ago. The app has been named Detetick and it has been generating a significant amount of internet buzz. While the app can be quite useful for determining tick-types, the creator stresses the importance of consulting professionals, such as entomologists and medical experts, in order to responsibly determine how dangerous particular ticks can be to humans.

In order to operate the app, the user first takes a picture of the tick, and then crops the picture onto the app’s program. The app will then tell the user if the creature is a tick or an insect. If the user snapped a picture of a tick, then the app will identify the type of tick. The app can even accurately identify ticks that are partially burrowing into the skin, which is how ticks are often found. This makes the app ideal for identification purposes. If you live in a tick-heavy region of the world, then you may want to check this app out for yourself.

Do you believe that this app could be accurately relied upon in order to identify the ticks we may find, and therefore possibly prevent potential cases of lyme disease?