Late last month, the CDC warned of an invasive species of ticks that began to spread in the United States. The Asian tigers have gained a foothold here and pose a serious threat to humans as well as to animals such as livestock and domestic animals.
The parasite was first discovered a few years ago With an alarming rate and a new prognosis, this week became tireless published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The bad news is that much of the country is perfectly suited to spread the ticks. The good news? Well, there really is not one.
The bugs, known as Asian long-horns, are true survivors. Women are able to reproduce without mating, which means that a single tick can become many in a very short time.
In this latest study, author Ilia Rochlin created a computer model to show the survival prospects of ticks spread to new regions. Based on data from known locations where the tick has already been found in large numbers, the model predicts the maximum range over which the tick could spread if nothing is done about it.
The tick species can survive in a variety of conditions, but would be most comfortable in many central states along the east coast. However, it is also possible for the tick to spread in the south from central Florida, west to East Texas, and north to north Minnesota or even Canada.
That's kind of an incredibly broad spectrum for such a devastating parasite. The bloodthirsty beetles are reportedly able to drain enough blood from dairy cattle to cut production by up to 25 percent, and like all ticks, they are potential carriers of various diseases.