Second Annual Long Island Natural History Conference



The Land of Oz: Spiders and Chiggers and Ticks, Oh My!!!
Scott R. Campbell

ABSTRACT:  For local residents, there are differing opinions on the presence or absence of the black widow spiders (Latrodectus spp.) and brown recluse spiders (Loxosceles reclusa) on Long Island.  There are also differing opinions on the presence or absence of chiggers (Family Trombiculidae) on Long Island and if in fact they are actually larval lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum).  Scientific facts about natural ranges and biology will be presented and discussed in order to consider these organisms based on science and not opinion.  Also, possible public health impacts of these organisms will be discussed.

Scott received a B.S. from Muhlenberg College and a Ph.D. from Cleveland State University. Currently, he is the Laboratory Chief of the Arthropod-Borne Disease Laboratory for the Suffolk County Department of Health Services. Since 1995, he and his staff have been responsible for countywide surveillance for all mosquito and tick-borne pathogens found in Suffolk County that cause human disease.