Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium transmitted to humans by deer ticks. Generally, deer ticks pick up the bacterium while in the larval stage by feeding on infected white-footed mice. However, certain other species on which the larvae feed do not harbor the bacterium. If the population of these other species were increased, more of the larvae would be feeding on uninfected hosts, so the number of ticks acquiring the bacterium would likely decline.Which of the following would it be most important to ascertain in evaluating the argument?
【选项】Whether the other species on which deer tick larvae feed harbor any other bacteria that ticks transmit to humans