Relative humidity and activity patterns of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae).

  title={Relative humidity and activity patterns of Ixodes scapularis (Acari: Ixodidae).},
  author={Kathryn A. Berger and Howard S Ginsberg and Luis Guerrero Gonzalez and Thomas N. Mather},
  journal={Journal of medical entomology},
  volume={51 4},
Laboratory studies have shown clear relationships between relative humidity (RH) and the activity and survival of Ixodes scapularis Say (blacklegged tick). However, field studies have produced conflicting results. We examined this relationship using weekly tick count totals and hourly RH observations at three field sites, stratified by latitude, within the state of Rhode Island. Records of nymphal tick abundance were compared with several RH-related variables (e.g., RH at time of sampling and… CONTINUE READING

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