Decreased small mammal and on-host tick abundance in association with invasive red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta)

@inproceedings{Castellanos2016DecreasedSM,
  title={Decreased small mammal and on-host tick abundance in association with invasive red imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta)},
  author={Adrian A Castellanos and Matthew Christopher Ikaika Medeiros and Gabriel L. Hamer and Michael E. Morrow and Micky D. Eubanks and Pete Don Teel and Sarah A Hamer and Jessica E Light},
  booktitle={Biology letters},
  year={2016}
}
Invasive species may impact pathogen transmission by altering the distributions and interactions among native vertebrate reservoir hosts and arthropod vectors. Here, we examined the direct and indirect effects of the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) on the native tick, small mammal and pathogen community in southeast Texas. Using a replicated large-scale field manipulation study, we show that small mammals were more abundant on treatment plots where S. invicta populations were… CONTINUE READING

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