New Tick Species Could Prove Troublesome This Summer
Ticks are one of the pests discussed most on our blog and for a good reason. They can spread deadly diseases and are a threat to adults, children, and pets. Typically, we associate them with warm weather, but they just recently survived a harsh Mid-Atlantic winter, a potential indicator that they are adapting to their surroundings.
In the past, you have only needed to be concerned about domestic tick species. However, scientists recently discovered a foreign species that is spreading rapidly and could prove deadly. The tick was initially found in New Jersey toward the end of 2017. Many expect the tick to migrate across the Eastern seaboard making its home in Maryland and other states if it hasn’t done so already.
An Exotic East Asian Tick
The Longhorned tick, or bush tick, was found on sheep in Hunterdon County, New Jersey. The tick originally hails from East Asia but has made its way across Asia and Australia. No one is quite sure how it arrived in New Jersey, but they do know that there had not been any other documented cases of the tick before this one. Experts now say that there are now thousands of Longhorned ticks throughout New Jersey.
A farmer had brought the sheep to the Hunterdon County Health Department to find out what the insect was that was crawling on her sheep. Upon further inspection, health officials found hundreds of ticks on the sheep. The fact that they can multiply rapidly appears to be a trait of the Longhorned tick. They are asexual. In basic terms, this means that they reproduce by cloning themselves.
Other countries have such a problem with the tick that cattle have died because they have had blood drained from their bodies completely. This new tick species has been known to infect deer and multiple other types of wildlife, which is likely how the tick will spread throughout the east coast. Experts have said that the Longhorned tick can infect various North American wildlife species.
The Longhorned Tick Can Transmit Diseases
Industry experts are particularly worried about the Longhorned tick because it is a known transmitter of a deadly virus known as SFTS. Multiple microbiologists are on record saying that their biggest concern about this tick is the fact that it has the potential to carry SFTS. This disease has fatality rates as high as 30%. The disease causes
• Severe Fever
• Multiple Organ Failure
• Low Platelet Count
• Low White Blood Cell Count
Additionally, the ticks are known transmitters of Lyme disease, spotted fever, and numerous other diseases.
Fight Ticks In Your Backyard Today
If you have pets, children, or tend to spend time outdoors, contact BUGOUT today. Because they are small, many tend to overlook ticks. But they have the potential to cause serious health problems. The experts at BUGOUT can help prevent ticks in your backyard. We have experience eradicating many different tick species including the Deer tick, which is native to the Maryland area.