Location: Mosquito and Fly Research
Project Number: 6036-32000-045-17-R
Project Type: Reimbursable Cooperative Agreement
Start Date: Sep 1, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2013
Development of innovative tools for surveillance and control of Rhipicephalus ticks.
Previous research on responses of mosquitoes to host odors provides a range of potential attractants that may be effective for tick. Laboratory experiments will be conducted to determine which compounds are the most attractive to ticks. These will be evaluated under field conditions using a modified commercial bedbug trap and the most effective combination of attractants compared against current surveillance methods. Effective attractants will be used to develop an attract-and-kill approach for these ticks.