The National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) have confirmed the presence of long ticks in nine districts of West Virginia, including Monroe.
Other counties in which the ticks have been identified include Hardy, Lincoln, Putnam, Marion, Mason, Ritchie, Taylor, and Tyler.
Although these ticks are not known to cause disease, prevention and preparedness are key to safety, the statement says. To ensure safety, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) suggests the following five tips to prevent tick bites and contact with ticks:
l Use insect repellent containing at least 20 percent DEET; Use on clothing and shoes
l Purchase permethrin-treated clothing or treat your clothing with permethrin.
l Avoid piles of leaves and tall grasses.
l Check your body and your pet's body every two to three hours She or she was in areas of tall grass.
l Different animals need different repellents. Do not treat cattle with the same repellent that would treat your lambs or dogs.
"At this point, we believe the longhorn tick has invaded every county in the mountain state," said Kent Leonhardt, Agriculture Commissioner. "If we continue to affirm his presence, we want everyone to be safe and take precautions when they are in wooded areas, and it is important to protect our animals and animals as well as ourselves."
If you suspect a long-horned tick Contact the WVDA Animal Health Division at 304-558-221