Date of Award

5-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Environmental and Forest Biology

Thesis Advisor

Melissa K. Fierke

Keywords

Ticks

Abstract

Habitat associations of Ixodes scapularis Say were described at six publicuse sites within Syracuse, New York. Adult, host-seeking blacklegged ticks were collected using tick flags in October and November, 2015 along two 264 m transects at each site, each within a distinct forest patch. We examined the association of basal area, leaf litter depth, and percent understory cover with tick abundance using negative binomial regression models. Models indicated tick abundance was negatively associated with percent understory cover, but was not associated with particular canopy or understory species. These results may assist park-goers and land managers in considering local risk factors for exposure to Ixodes scapularis and the diseases they transmit.

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Entomology Commons

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