EurekaMag
+ Translate
+ Most Popular
Gaucher's disease;thirty-two years experience at Siriraj Hospital
A study of Macrobathra Meyrick from China (Lepidoptera, Cosmopterigidae)
First occurrence in ores of tetragonal chalcocite
Effects of trace element nutrition on sleep patterns in adult women
N.Z. range management guidelines. 2. Design of grazing management systems for tussock country
A case of lipoma of the esophagus
A revision of world Acanthosomatidae (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae): keys to and descriptions of subfamilies, tribes and genera, with designation of types
Life history of the coronate scyphozoan Linuche unguiculata (Swartz, 1788)
Perceptual restoration of obliterated sounds
Mutagenicity studies on two chromium(III) coordination compounds
The formation of the skeleton. I. Growth of a long bone. 1st appearance of a center of calcification
Leucopenia and abnormal liver function in travellers on malaria chemoprophylaxis
The joint commission: four key root causes loom large in sentinel event data
Treatment of vitiligo with topical 15% lactic acid solution in combination with ultra violet-A
Behaviour of dairy cows within three hours after feed supply: I. Influence of housing type and time elapsing after feed supply
Observations of the propagation velocity and formation mechanism of burst fractures caused by gunshot
Management and control of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Lebanon: results from the International Diabetes Management Practices Study (IDMPS)
The diet composition and nutritional knowledge of patients with anorexia nervosa
Physoporella croatica Herak, 1958 of the Slovak karst Anisian (Slovakia, the West Carpathians Mts.)
Bright lights, big noise. How effective are vehicle warning systems?
Ein Plesiosaurier-Rest mit Magensteinen aus mittlerem Lias von Quedlinburg
Incidence of Chlamydia trachomatis in patients with sterility
Monster soup: the microscope and Victorian fantasy
Preliminary tests with residual sprays against poultry lice
Duration of the life of plants in phylogeny

Host finding of the pigeon tick Argas reflexus


Host finding of the pigeon tick Argas reflexus



Medical and Veterinary Entomology 30(2): 193-199



ISSN/ISBN: 0269-283X

PMID: 26959079

DOI: 10.1111/mve.12165

The medically and veterinary important feral pigeon tick Argas reflexus (Ixodida: Argasidae) Fabricius usually feeds on pigeons, but if its natural hosts are not available, it also enters dwellings to bite humans that can possibly react with severe allergic reactions. Argas reflexus is ecologically extremely successful as a result of some outstanding morphological, physiological, and ethological features. Yet, it is still unknown how the pigeon tick finds its hosts. Here, different host stimuli such as living nestlings as well as begging calls, body heat, smell, host breath and tick faeces, were tested under controlled laboratory conditions. Of all stimuli tested, only heat played a role in host-finding. The heat stimulus was then tested under natural conditions within a pigeon loft. The results showed that A. reflexus is able to find a host over short distances of only a few centimetres. Furthermore, it finds its host by random movements and recognizes a host only right before direct contact is made. The findings are useful for the control of A. reflexus in infested apartments, both to diagnose an infestation and to perform a success monitoring after disinfestation.

Please choose payment method:






(PDF emailed within 0-6 h: $19.90)

Accession: 058007251

Download citation: RISBibTeXText

Related references

The pigeon tick, Argas reflexus, and hazard for human health La zecca del piccione Argas reflexus Acari Argasidae ed i rischi per la salute umana. Annali dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanita 404: 427-432, 2004

Die Taubenzecke, Argas reflexus, als Parasit des Menschen - Argas reflux, une tique parasite ordinaire des pigeons, devenue parasite de l'homme - Argas reflexus, a tick usually parasiting pigeon, as a human parasite. Aktuelle Dermatologie 9(6): 213-216, 1983

The use of radioallergosorbent test in diagnosis of lesions from pigeon tick sting argas reflexus reflexus. Giornale di Malattie Infettive e Parassitarie 37(11): 1125-1128, 1985

Investigations into the water management of unfed pigeon ticks, Argas reflexus F Untersuchungen zum Wasserhaushalt ungesogener Taubenzecken, Argas reflexus F. Mitteilungen der Deutschen Gesellschaft fuer Allgemeine und Angewandte Entomologie 13(1-6): 561-564, 2001

Chocs anaphylactiques après morsure de tiques de pigeon (Argas reflexus). A propos de douze cas - Anaphylactic shock after pigeon tick bite. Journee Parisienne d'Immuno-Allergologie Infantile 37(4): 431-437, 1997

Argas reflexus (the pigeon tick)--a household pest. Acta Dermato-Venereologica 77(2): 173-174, 1997

Argas reflexus pigeon tick sting allergy. Folia Allergologica et Immunologica Clinica 32(5): 343-348, 1985

Argas reflexus, the pigeon tick. A case report. Recenti Progressi in Medicina 99(4): 204-206, 2008

The pigeon tick, Argas reflexus, and the risk for human health. Annali dell' Istituto Superiore di Sanita 40(4): 427-432, 2004

The pigeon tick, Argas reflexus, and hazard for human health. Annali Dell'istituto Superiore di Sanita 40(4): 427-432, 2004

Nocturnal anaphylactic reactions by Argas reflexus (pigeon tick). Allergologie 16(9): 370-373, 1993

The pigeon tick Argas reflexus in urban environments of Poland. Acta Parasitologica 45(3): 215, 2000

Anaphylactic reactions to bites of the pigeon tick Argas reflexus. European Journal of Dermatology: Ejd 20(2): 244-245, 2010

The pigeon tick (Argas reflexus): its biology, ecology, and epidemiological aspects. Zentralblatt für Bakteriologie: International Journal of Medical Microbiology 289(5-7): 745-753, 1999

The pigeon tick (Argas reflexus): its biology, ecology, and epidemiological aspects. Zentralblatt fur Bakteriologie 289(5/7): 745-753, 1999