Analysis of tick photos submitted to the TickSpotters program finds three tick species that transmit Lyme and other human diseases are present in hundreds of U.S. counties where previous surveillance had not yet documented them.
Weighty problems like the threat of vector-borne disease require more than just entomological solutions, and students of insect science can be leaders in bringing together research from a variety of fields. One student shares his view on the potential collaborations that students could develop to mitigate the rise of tick-borne disease.
A study evaluating tick identification via photos submitted to public health labs finds that IDs of the three most medically important tick species were correct more than 98 percent of the time.
Though tick populations tend to decrease in areas where predatory ants are present, a new study reveals that it's not because the ants prey on the ticks. In fact, predatory ants such as fire ants ignore ticks completely.