LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) ̵
The Centers for Disease Control reports that the Asian long-horned tick is a potential threat as it spreads in the United States.
The tick species was first described in New Jersey in 2017.
The effects of this tick discovery and its spread in agriculture are unknown, "said Dr. Ben Beard, Deputy Director of the CDC Division of Vector-borne Diseases. "In other parts of the world, the Asian Longhorn can transmit many types of pathogens common in the United States. We fear that this tick, which can lead to a massive infestation of animals, humans and the environment, spreads in the United States.
Since 2017, it has been reported in eight states, including New Jersey. These states are: Arkansas, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.
The Asian longhorned tick differs from most other ticks as female ticks can multiply without mating, with the potential of having 1-2,000 eggs at a time.
In other countries, it is known that ticks make people and animals sick. By October this year, none of the Asian longhorn ticks found in the US contained any harmful germs.
The CDC says it is working with local, state and federal experts to better understand the impact of the tick on the US.
They say that anyone can take preventive measures to prevent tick bites. Among other things, you can use EPA-registered repellents, check your body for ticks, and shower after showering.