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Host Associations and Seasonal Activity of Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) in Missouri

Thomas M. Kollars, Jr., James H. Oliver, Jr., Lance A. Durden and Peggy G. Kollars
The Journal of Parasitology
Vol. 86, No. 5 (Oct., 2000), pp. 1156-1159
DOI: 10.2307/3284843
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3284843
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Host Associations and Seasonal Activity of Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae) in Missouri
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Abstract

From June 1993 through June 1996, 2,260 adult, 4,426 nymphal, and 2,178 larval lone star ticks Amblyomma americanum (L.) were collected in Missouri from vertebrate hosts and by dragging a cloth over vegetation. Prevalence, mean intensity, and relative abundance of each stage varied among hosts. The relative abundance of adult lone star ticks was highest on white-tailed deer, but this stage was also collected from raccoons, opossum, red fox, coyotes, and wild turkey. Nymphs were collected from gray squirrels, eastern cottontail rabbits, opossums, red fox, Carolina wren, and bobwhite quail, but the highest relative abundance occurred on wild turkey, white-tailed deer, and raccoons. Eastern cottontail rabbits, white-tailed deer, raccoons, and squirrels had the highest relative abundance of larval lone star ticks, but they were also found on opossums and wild turkey. The activity of adult lone star ticks was greatest from May through July. The activity for nymphs was highest from May through August, and for larvae, July through September.

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