Soft-bodied tick (Argas reflexus)
The soft-bodied tick is a mite characterised by an ovoid body flattened in a dorsal-ventral direction. From a biological point of view, these are bloodsucking ectoparasitic arthropods in all mobile stages of development.
Of particular interest in an urban environment is Argas reflexus or pigeon tick; this species is associated with the city pigeon and in particular its nesting sites.
The infestation of homes by this species originates, in almost all cases, from the closeness of living / working units to generally degraded / abandoned areas, used by pigeons for roosting and nesting.
In late autumn/spring months in particular, soft-bodied ticks migrate from nesting areas to homes where, at night, they can sting man. A. reflexus does not seem to be a specific vector of pathogenic agents for man, but a bite may be particularly painful and may be the root of allergic reactions in people already prone to serious allergic reactions.
In the event of an infestation it is necessary above all to make a precise diagnosis in order to accurately determine the infesting species and therefore pinpoint the causes of the infestation.
When an infestation is declared, an urgent disinfestation and environmental clearance protocol is required. Simple localized environmental treatments have very limited effects over time in the absence of larger scale interventions.
Igiencontrol offers the following methods of disinfestation:
- Classical methods, using chemical insecticides;
- Innovative: cryo-disinfestation and thermo-disinfestation.