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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: DEVELOPMENT AND DELIVERY OF AN INNOVATIVE ALTERNATIVE PEST MANAGEMENT PROGRAM FOR RHIPICEPHALUS TICKS

Location: Mosquito and Fly Research Unit

Project Number: 6615-32000-045-17
Project Type: Reimbursable

Start Date: Sep 01, 2010
End Date: Aug 31, 2013

Objective:
Development of innovative tools for surveillance and control of Rhipicephalus ticks.

Approach:
Previous research on responses of mosquitoes to host odors provides a range of potential attractants that may be effective for tick. Laboratory experiments will be conducted to determine which compounds are the most attractive to ticks. These will be evaluated under field conditions using a modified commercial bedbug trap and the most effective combination of attractants compared against current surveillance methods. Effective attractants will be used to develop an attract-and-kill approach for these ticks.

Last Modified: 9/22/2014
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