Castor Bean Tick



The Castor bean tick is a three-host tick. The larvae and nymphs can parasitize any animal, including large animals, but tend to make most contact with hosts that move within the vegetation cover. Larvae usually parasitize mice or voles, as well as birds and in some cases also larger mammals. Nymphs usually infest small mammals, birds, reptiles (lizards) as well as larger mammals (especially deer and man). The operating range of the adult tick is within 5 m. Preferred hosts of adults are deer, foxes, martens (sylvatic cycle), as well as sheep, cattle, dogs and humans (synanthropic cycle).


Further information

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

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