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Potential of the Sterile Insect Technique for Control of Deer Ticks, $\textit{Ixodes scapularis}$

  title={Potential of the Sterile Insect Technique for Control of Deer Ticks, \$\textit\{Ixodes scapularis\}\$},
  author={Thomas G. Kirby and Julie C. Blackwood},
The deer tick, Ixodes scapularis, is a vector for numerous human diseases, including Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, and babesiosis. Concern is rising in the US and abroad as the population and range of this species grow and new diseases emerge. Herein I consider the potential for control of I. scapularis using the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT), which acts by reducing net fertility through release of sterile males. I construct a population model with density-dependent and -independent growth… 

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