Local abundance of Ixodes scapularis in forests: Effects of environmental moisture, vegetation characteristics, and host abundance

TitleLocal abundance of Ixodes scapularis in forests: Effects of environmental moisture, vegetation characteristics, and host abundance
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2019
AuthorsGinsberg HS, Rulison EL, Miller JL, Pang G, Arsnoe IM, Hickling GJ, Ogden NH, LeBrun RA, Tsao JI
JournalTicks Tick Borne Dis
Volume14
Date Published09/2019
KeywordsAbundance, Canopy cover, Distribution, Habitat, Ixodes scapularis, Phenology
Abstract

Ixodes scapularis is the primary vector of Lyme disease spirochetes in eastern and central North America, and local densities of this tick can affect human disease risk. We sampled larvae and nymphs from sites in Massachusetts and Wisconsin, USA, using flag/drag devices and by collecting ticks from hosts, and measured environmental variables to evaluate the environmental factors that affect local distribution and abundance of I. scapularis.

URLhttps://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1877959X19301827?via%3Dihub