Argas reflexus

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Argas reflexus (Fabricius) - (pigeon tick)

This soft tick parasitises birds, in particular pigeons. Occasionally it bites humans, causing allergies and secondary infections. It is also a vector of arboviruses. The tick has a Palaearctic distribution but is also found in North America and in some tropical regions.

The ticks are common in nests of domestic pigeon. They hide in nearby cracks during the day. The engorged females might reach a length of about 1 cm, but males are much smaller.

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Taubenzecke
• English: pigeon tick
• Français: tique de pigeon