Dr. Jimmy Wedincamp’s manuscript, Ectoparasites of White-Tailed Deer in Southeastern Georgia, USA, was published in the April edition of the Journal of Entomological Science. The journal is published by the Entomological Society of America, which is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and individuals and related disciplines.
The project was a multi-year study conducted at three deer processing plants located in Emanuel County and one processing plant in Montgomery County. The carcasses of 232 deer were surveyed in the study. The deer were harvested from Burke, Candler, Emanuel, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Laurens, Montgomery, Toombs, Treutlen, and Washington counties during the 2000–2001, 2001–2002, and 2013–2014 hunting seasons. The relevance of this study is based on the fact that deer are an important game animal in the region and are parasitized by arthropods that can cause deleterious health issues in these hosts; some of these ectoparasites (especially ticks) can also parasitize humans and transmit zoonotic pathogens.
The work was performed in collaboration with Dr. Lance Durden of the Department of Biology at Georgia Southern University. East Georgia State College biology students participated in the field collection of specimens.