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Research Project: Adapting TickBot Technology to Support Efforts by Appropriated Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Research Project

Location: Livestock Arthropod Pests Research

Project Number: 3094-32000-039-57-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Apr 1, 2016
End Date: Dec 31, 2019

Adapt the Tick-Bot technology as a method to reduce the cost of pasture quarantine by detecting and controlling cattle fever ticks infesting premises in south Texas.

Initiate tests of TickBot with appropriate acaricides for reduction of larval cattle fever tick population in a controlled pasture. Careful measurements will be taken to assess any potential environmental impact of this intervention on non-target species. Also test the technology in the field for ability to detect and control infested premises by using the TickBot as a detection instrument to map relationships between vegetation and larval presence. Test relationships using GIS mapping and further ground truthing. This will serve as basis to determine relationship between white-tailed deer density and cattle fever ticks populations. Complete tests by deploying the TickBot at the livestock-wildlife interface in an effort to disrupt translocation of cattle fever ticks from white-tailed deer to livestock.