Advances in the Artificial Feeding of Ticks

  • S. M. Waladde
  • S. A. Ochieng
Tick Biology


Argasid ticks have been induced to feed successfully through different types of artificial membranes but this technique has not been easily applicable on ixodid ticks. In order to get hard ticks to feed artificially, two major approaches have been employed: Feeding on a diet through artificial mem branes; and feeding from diet-filled capillary tubes placed over the tick’s mouthparts. In both cases the ixodid ticks could not be fed to repletion. This paper gives a brief account about artificial feeding of ticks in general and the techniques used to obtain successful feeding of an ixodid tick Rhipicephalus appendiculatus through a modified Baudruche membrane.

Key Words

Ixodid ticks artificial feeding Baudruche membrane Rhipicephalus appendiculatus 


Les Argasidés ont été induites à se nourrir sur différent types de membranes artificielles; chose qui n’a pas encore aisement été appliquée chez les Ixodidés. Afin de nourrir artificiellement les tiques dures, deux approches majeures ont été utilisées: Nourrir les tiques sur un repas à travers les membranes artificielles et—nourrir les tiques sur un repas se trouvant dans les tubes capillaires placés sur les parties buccales de la tique. Dans les deux cas, les ixodides ne se sont pas nourris à satiété. Cette publication donne un bref apercu sur l’alimentation artificielle des tiques en général et les techniques employées pour obtenir une alimentation réussie de la tique ixodide, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus à travers une membrane “Baudruche” modifiée.

Mots Clés

Tiques ixodidés alimentation artificielle membrane “Baudruche”, Rhipicephalus appendiculatus 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. M. Waladde
    • 1
  • S. A. Ochieng
    • 1
  1. 1.The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)NairobiKenya

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