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Distribution of Ixodes dammini (Acari: Ixodidae) in residential lawns on Prudence Island, Rhode Island

Journal of Medical Entomology

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Abstract

The distribution of nymphal Ixodes dammini Spielman, Clifford, Piesman & Corwin in residential lawns was assessed by flagging on Prudence Island, RI. The number of ticks per sample was five times greater in lawns adjacent to woods than in lawns adjacent to other lawns. Relative tick abundance was negatively correlated with distance from the woods, but the decline was gradual. Spirochete prevalence in ticks did not differ among lawn types or at different distances from the woods. Therefore, barriers that keep people away from the wood edge probably lower the risk of acquiring Lyme disease, but there is still a risk. Even with physical barriers at lawn-wood edges, personal precautions to prevent tick bites should be followed.

Additional Publication Details

Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Distribution of Ixodes dammini (Acari: Ixodidae) in residential lawns on Prudence Island, Rhode Island
Series title:
Journal of Medical Entomology
Volume
29
Issue:
6
Year Published:
1992
Language:
English
Contributing office(s):
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
Description:
1052-1055
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Journal of Medical Entomology
First page:
1052
Last page:
1055
Number of Pages:
4