In the United States, outdoor adventurers have a lot of tick problems and anyone who ventures into the woods of many parts of the country must be on the lookout for tiny pests and make sure nothing did not take it. Now, a new species of invasive tick is settling in the country, which represents a danger to humans and animals.
Ticks are a nuisance in their native Asia where they have been accused of spreading disease to humans and affecting livestock. As the Washington Post According to reports, ticks are able to transmit many diseases and drink enough blood to affect up to 25% dairy cattle production.
A new report from the CDC highlights the dangers posed by ticks. According to the organization, ticks were observed in the United States in 2017 and 2018, in several states, including Arkansas Connecticut, Maryland, New Jersey, New York State, the United States, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.
The species, called Asian Horned Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis), has the gift of spreading. Females of this species can lay without mating, allowing parasites to easily increase their numbers rapidly.
"The presence of H. longicornis in the United States represents a new and emerging threat, "said the CDC." The characterization of tick biology and ecology is necessary and surveillance efforts should include screening for indigenous and exotic pathogens. potential. "
If you think you have found one of these ticks, you must do certain things, according to the CDC. To begin, if you find it on your body, your pet or your pet, remove it immediately. Then place the tick in a jar or vial of rubbing alcohol and seal it. Contact your state's agriculture department for information on tick identification and, if necessary, follow up with your veterinarian (if the tick was found on a pet).