Bad Roommates: Study Tracks Mice To Nests, Finds Ticks Aplenty

By Melissa Mayer

Scientists know a great deal about how blacklegged ticks (Ixodes scapularis) feed on hosts, such as whitefooted mice (Peromyscus leucopus) and woodland deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus), but what happens after the ticks drink their fill is more mysterious. Lab studies suggest these ticks may detach from mouse hosts inside their nests. However, no field studies have confirmed the presence of blacklegged ticks in naturally occurring mouse nests—until now. Entire article here: