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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: BIOLOGY AND CONTROL OF TICKS OF VETERINARY AND HUMAN IMPORTANCE

Location: Tick and Biting Fly Research

Title: Integration of ecologically-based approaches to re-eradicate cattle fever ticks from the U.S.

Authors
item Schuster, G -
item Hewitt, D -
item Ortega-Santos, A -
item Campbell, T -
item Messenger, M -
item Bowers, E -
item Lohmeyer, Kimberly
item Pound, Joe
item Perez De Leon, Adalberto
item Currie, C -
item Perry, N -

Submitted to: National Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: June 11, 2011
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Here we summarize highlights of research conducted as part of a NIFA-AFRI funded grant. Cattle fever ticks, Rhipicephalus (Boophilus) microplus and R. (B.) annulatus, have been found on white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) complicating eradication efforts of the USDA’s Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Program. Our objective was to assess patterns of deer movement, deer visitation to medicated bait sites used to treat deer for ticks, and to assess the efficacy of various integrated management tools for controlling cattle fever ticks on white-tailed deer. In addition, we analyzed deer serum to determine the prevalence of deer exposure to Babesia and collected/analyzed cattle fever ticks for detectable Babesia DNA and Babesia exposure.

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