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blacklegged tick nymph – Ixodes scapularis

blacklegged tick nymph - Ixodes scapularis

In its nymph stage, the blacklegged tick (Ixodes scapularis) seeks small-mammal hosts, commonly white-footed mice and chipmunks. Host-targeted tick-management methods such as bait boxes and "tick tubes" take advantage of rodent behavior to expose ticks to pesticides. A new study shows bait boxes hold a clear edge in effectiveness, but their current price point likely remains a barrier to their broad adoption. (Photo credit: Flickr/Andrew Nuss, CC BY 2.0)

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