|Title||Assessing the Repeatability of Tick Dragging as a Method for Ixodes scapularis Surveillance|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Clow, KM, Finer, R, Lumsden, G, Jardine, CM|
|Journal||Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases|
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).