Assessing the Repeatability of Tick Dragging as a Method for Ixodes scapularis Surveillance

TitleAssessing the Repeatability of Tick Dragging as a Method for Ixodes scapularis Surveillance
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsClow, KM, Finer, R, Lumsden, G, Jardine, CM
JournalVector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Volume18
Issue11
Date Published10/2018
Abstract

Tick dragging is an important tool used by public health for Ixodes scapularis surveillance to identify Lyme disease risk areas in Ontario, Canada. Concerns have been raised on the repeatability of tick dragging due to fluctuations that occur in the tick population in response to micro- and macroclimatic variations. Our objective was to assess the repeatability of tick dragging over a short timescale by examining three outcome measures: presence/absence of ticks, tick abundance, and likelihood of tick establishment based on an indicator developed by Clow et al. (2018).