|Title||Local abundance of Ixodes scapularis in forests: Effects of environmental moisture, vegetation characteristics, and host abundance|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2019|
|Authors||Ginsberg HS, Rulison EL, Miller JL, Pang G, Arsnoe IM, Hickling GJ, Ogden NH, LeBrun RA, Tsao JI|
|Journal||Ticks Tick Borne Dis|
|Keywords||Abundance, Canopy cover, Distribution, Habitat, Ixodes scapularis, Phenology|
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.