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Lone Star Tick

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Habitat

The Lone star tick is found in wooded areas, especially young second growth forest with dense underbrush, but it is also found in scrub, meadow margins, hedge rows, cane breaks, and marginal vegetation along rivers and streams.

Upland oak-hickory forests will, normally, support large numbers of Lone star ticks and be suitable for greater tick longevity. The largest numbers of adult and nymphal ticks are most commonly found between the meadows and main forest body (ecotonal areas) and are usually the result of secondary, old field succession.

Although hosts are obviously important, host abundance alone does not determine the abundance and distribution of Amblyomma americanum ticks. In effect, assuming some host presence, habitat is a more important determinant of Lone Star tick abundance than hosts.

   

Further information

  • Sonenshine DE: Biology of Ticks. Part 1, 1991, Oxford University Press, New York

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