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

item SCHUSTER, G - Texas A&M University
item HEWITT, D - Texas A&M University
item ORTEGA-SANTOS, A - Texas A&M University
item CAMPBELL, T - Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
item MESSENGER, M - Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
item BOWERS, E - Animal And Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)
item Lohmeyer, Kimberly - Kim
item Pound, Joe
item Perez De Leon, Adalberto - Beto
item CURRIE, C - Texas A&M University
item PERRY, N - Texas A&M University

Submitted to: National Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/11/2011
Publication Date: N/A
Citation: N/A

Interpretive Summary:

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.