New Tick Species Comes to New Jersey This Fall
November 14, 2018
It has been recently discovered that a new invasive tick species has been reported in New Jersey and other east coast states. What this means for us may seem alarming, but here are a few things you need to know when it comes to this invasive pest.
Originating from Central and East Asia, the Asian longhorned tick is a parasitic pest that typically feeds on livestock animals, but will also use pets, birds, small mammals, and humans as hosts as well. This invasive species reproduces asexually. This means that a female tick can lay up to 2,000 eggs after having a blood meal (without the help of a male) which will then hatch within the next 2-3 months and begin feeding on the host animal as well. The Asian longhorned tick has the tendency to congregate in large numbers on the infected host, which has led livestock to become anemic due to the massive amount of blood loss caused by these dangerous ticks. Over time, this species of tick will literally suck their host animal dry.
Scientists are still trying to figure out how the Asian longhorned tick was transported to the U.S. after first finding these ticks in mass quantities on the backs of a flock of sheep in New Jersey in the summer of 2017. While the investigation for how Asian longhorned ticks got here is still ongoing, it is suggested that they may have arrived in America by hitching a ride on horses, pets, livestock, or humans traveling into the country.
Asian longhorned ticks often carry dangerous pathogens such as rickettsiosis, ehrlichiosis, theileriosis, and additional viral diseases in their native countries, but so far the ticks found in the U.S. have not been carriers of these diseases. However, it is still important to follow the same precautions as you would when dealing with the native species of ticks here in New Jersey. Long-sleeved clothing, cutting back brush, checking your pets, and contacting pest control is the best way to protect yourself from ticks.
Getting into contact will a professional pest control expert is the safest and most efficient way to handle any type of tick problem. Moyer Pest Control has the experience you need when it comes to eliminating these parasitic pests from your property. And, with this new Asian tick threat, it is important to keep yourself safe and contact the pest control experts here at Moyer. Don’t wait, contact us today for more information on how we can help!