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Tick Study – Blacklegged Ticks Larvae and Nymphs’ Habitat is a Mystery in the Southern U.S.

In the southern U.S., blacklegged tick larvae and nymphs can be found on hosts, but they don’t otherwise show up in vegetation or—as a new study finds—in leaf litter or soil either. Learn more about how researchers at Texas A&M University dug up leaf litter and soil samples hoping to uncover the life history of larval and nymphal blacklegged ticks:

Entomology Today –

https://entomologytoday.org/2018/10/01/southern-united-states-young-blacklegged-ticks-habitat-mystery-ixodes-scapularis-lyme-disease/

Journal of Medical Entomology –

https://academic.oup.com/jme/advance-article/doi/10.1093/jme/tjy157/5090773

 

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TickEncounter Uses Crowd Sourced Information to Learn About Asian Longhorned Ticks

Tom Mather’s blog provides evidence for using the “Power of the Crowd” and ground proofing certain findings. Tom’s most recent write up about a trip to Staten Island in search of the Asian longhorned tick is a must read: https://tickencounter.org/tick_notes/three_surprising_things

The articles three surprising findings are:

  1. Longicornus larvae hang out together on the tips of grasses, but like a bomb, they explode when something brushes by.
  2. Without magnification, nymphal Asian longhorned ticks look very similar to nymphal Lone Star ticks.
  3. Asian longhorned ticks are way more established than Tom expected to find.

 

 

Schumer Says Amendment Would Increase Funding To Fight Lyme Disease

An amendment that passed in the Senate would increase Lyme disease funding from fiscal year 2018’s level of $10.7 million to $12 million for fiscal year 2019. The amendment, made by U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, would become a part of the Health and Human Services Appropriations bill.

Read more about the amendment here: http://www.wamc.org/post/schumer-says-amendment-would-increase-funding-fight-lyme-disease

9th International IPM Symposium Tick Summit

9th International IPM Symposium: There will be a full day Tick Summit in Baltimore, Maryland on Wednesday March 21st, 2018. The summit is titled, “Integrated Tick Management: Community-Wide Action to Address the Global Tick Problem”, and will provide information on effective ITM practices, current research projects and knowledge gaps, and opportunities to increase adoption of effective practices. More information regarding the IPM Symposium and registration can be found at: 9th International IPM Symposium. The Tick Summit proposal and organization is provided by the Public Tick IPM Working Group, with support from the North Central IPM Center and USDA-NIFA.