Temperature Effects on Host-Seeking by Larval American Dog Ticks, Dermacentor variabilis (Say)
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Citation:The Ohio Journal of Science. v86, n5 (December, 1986), 210-212
Host-seeking activity of larval American dog ticks was measured by determining the proportion of unengorged larvae attached to white-footed mice, Peromyscus leucopus (Rafinesque), trapped overnight in Columbus, Ohio, in 1983. A positive linear correlation was found between larval host-seeking activity and evening ambient temperature. No similar correlation was found between this activity and insolation, relative humidity, average daily temperature, or ambient temperatures taken at other times of the day or night.
Author Institution: Associate Professor, Department of Entomology, The Ohio State University
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