Tick tube efficacy on white-footed mice in Pennsylvania
Lyme disease cases are increasing in the United States. The vector of the pathogen that causes Lyme disease is the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapulari Say) (Acari:Ixodidae). While there are several tick control methods, many are expensive or involve large-scale or ecological interventions such as landscape acaricide spraying or wildlife baiting. Tick control tubes, cardboard tubes with acaricide-treated cotton material that can be used as nesting cotton by tick hosts, offer an alternative to more invasive tick control by treating tick hosts with an acaricide. In this study, tick tubes with cotton treated with two formulations of acaricide and water as a control were evaluated for wildlife use and for tick burden reductions on Peromyscus leucopus Rafinsque (Rodentia:Cricetidae), an important reservoir host for the Lyme disease pathogen. Tick tubes were deployed for four weeks. Ticks parasitizing P. leucopus and cotton use was evaluated pre-deployment and post-deployment. Cotton from both treatments was used similarly and permethrin-treated cotton was used more frequently than the control. In addition, I. scapularis were eliminated from hosts captured in treatment plots post-tick tube deployment. Tick tubes show promise as a tool for tick control on P. leucopus, especially as part of an integrated pest management plan.
|Work Title||Tick tube efficacy on white-footed mice in Pennsylvania|
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|Deposited||December 23, 2019|
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