As you head outside to enjoy the warm summer weather, you may be joined by some unwanted guests—ticks. A bite from one of these parasitic arachnids may turn your fun outing into a trip to the doctor’s office as they can spread a variety of pathogenic viruses, bacteria, and protozoa. With tick-borne diseases having more than doubled over the last two decades, it is more important than ever that researchers continue to find ways to reduce disease transmission, improve detection and diagnosis, and identify additional therapeutic strategies.