We already met this pesky little tick that is not native to the United States. The tick comes from Asia, more specifically, it’s native to China, Japan, the Korean Peninsula, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.
How the tick found its way to New Jersey is still a mystery.

Photo courtesy of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture

When it was first discovered, the tick had infested sheep in Hunterdon County. The locals believed that the harsh winter will put an end to this resilient tick but they were wrong.
The Department of Agriculture in New Jersey has confirmed the presence of the long-horned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis in a second county, in Union County.

This tick has the potential to infest all kinds of mammals, including dogs, cats, sheep, cattle and more. It can carry many diseases including Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, Anaplasma, Rickettsioses and more.
Researchers and public health official in New Jersey are conducting a plan for total eradication of the ticks.

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