Tick maps

The tick maps are published regularly to provide the ECDC stakeholders, the scientific community and the general public with updated information on tick distribution at ‘regional’ administrative unit level (NUTS3 or equivalent and NUTS2 in Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, The Netherlands, England (UK), Scotland (UK) and Wales (UK)). 

Please note that the maps do not represent the official view or position of the countries.

Surveillance for ticks

The surveillance maps shows the regions where surveillance activities for ticks were held in Europe and neighbouring regions.

Distribution maps of ticks

The map shows the current known distribution of the tick species in Europe at ‘regional’ administrative level (NUTS3). They are based on published historical data and confirmed data provided by experts from the respective countries as part of the VectorNet project.

Separate maps for the distribution of each of the following tick species are currently available:  Dermacentor reticulatusHyalomma marginatumIxodes persulcatusIxodes ricinus, Rhipicephalus bursa, Rhipicephalus sanguineus, Ornithodoros spp.

For native species the possible distribution statuses are:

  • Present: The species has been observed to be present in at least one municipality within the administrative unit.
  • Introduced: The species has been introduced in the administrative unit without confirmed establishment.
  • Anticipated Absent: the species has never been reported and there is a high probability that it is absent.
  • Confirmed Absent: the species has never been reported within the administrative unit and there have been field surveys or studies on ticks within the last 5 years of the distribution status date.
  • No Data: No sampling has been performed and no data on the species is available.
  • Unknown: The status is unknown

Areas outside the scope of the VectorNet geographical scope are colour-coded as ‘Outside scope’.

Vector distribution status changes in terms of spatial units since the previous update

Since the previous update (October 2021), updates for the six species are as follows:

  • Dermacentor reticulatus: data captured for 24 NUTS3s, and changes suggested for 6 NUTS3s – including new areas of presence in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, and Ukraine
  • Hyalomma lusitanicum: data captured for 12 NUTS3s, and changes suggested for 6 NUTS3s – including new areas of presence in Spain (including northern regions) and Morocco
  • Hyalomma marginatum: data captured for 60 NUTS3s, and changes suggested for 19 NUTS3s – including new areas of presence in Morocco and Turkey and introduced records in Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland and Hungary.
  • Ixodes persulcatus: data captured for 16 NUTS3s, with no changes suggested for the NUTS3 level
  • Ixodes ricinus: data captured for 105 NUTS3s, and changes suggested for 7 NUTS3s – including new areas of presence in Bosnia & Herzegovina, France (southern), and Russia.
  • Ornithodoros erraticus: no data captured for this species during Period 5
  • Rhipicephalus sanguineus: data captured for 59 NUTS3s, and changes suggested for 11 NUTS3s – including new areas of presence in Algeria, Spain, Morocco, Russia and Turkey, and an introduced record in Romania