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Pigeon Tick

Argas reflexus

Appearance

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  • Soft tick approximately 3/16" long.
  • The mouthparts are ventrally located and are covered by the front margin of the body so they are not visible from above.
  • Bodies lack a scutum (a hard thickened plate) and the skin appears wrinkled and leather–like.

Lifecycle

  • The females feed at intervals, increasing their body weight by up to three times, then laying globular, dark brown shiny eggs in batches of 20 – 50.
  • The larvae feed on the hosts for six to eleven days although the nymphs and adults only feed for up to 12 hours.
  • Pigeons are the principal host but other bird species may also be fed upon. Humans may also be bitten.

Habits

  • The ticks feed at night and hide by day.
  • They are commonly found in attics and rooms adjacent to areas where pigeons roost.
  • Heavy infestations of these ticks can cause the death of the host pigeon.

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