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J Med Entomol. 1992 May;29(3):451-6.

Quantitative evaluation of sampling methods for Ixodes dammini and Amblyomma americanum (Acari: Ixodidae).

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  • 1U.S. Army Biomedical Research and Development Laboratory, Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland 21702.


Three tick-sampling methods (dry ice-baited tick traps, cloth drags, and ambulatory human host) were evaluated to determine which technique yielded the greatest capture of host-seeking stages of Ixodes dammini Spielman, Clifford, Piesman & Corwin and Amblyomma americanum (L.). The most reliable method, catching more stages and significantly more numbers of I. dammini and A. americanum; was dry ice-baited tick traps. There were no significant differences between the drag and human-host methods for any stage of ticks (I. dammini and A. americanum) collected. The numbers of ticks caught during the study were 5,052 by dry ice-baited tick traps, 199 by cloth drags, and 89 by ambulatory human host.

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