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Pets could be next target of exotic tick that infested N.J. farm

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An exotic tick from East Asia that infested a sheep in one New Jersey county has now been confirmed in a second county, according to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.

The confirmation is another sign the longhorned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, has become established in the state — its first known presence in the U.S.  The confirmations have made it even more urgent to find how far it has spread and how to best control it.  The two locations are about 40 miles apart.

Though not necessarily an immediate threat to people, the tick nonetheless has the potential to infest a range of species, including dogs, cats, and livestock, the department said in a statement issued Wednesday.

The first infestation occurred in August 2017 on a sheep and its one-acre paddock in Hunterdon County.  The infestation was so severe that ticks swarmed the pant legs of investigators when they went to the site in October.  Officials thought the pest might have been killed off over the winter but recently discovered it had survived.

For photos of the critters and the rest of the story: http://www.philly.com/philly/health/environment/exotic-tick-that-infested-n-j-farm-is-on-the-move-potential-to-infest-pets-20180426.html
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Re: Pets could be next target of exotic tick that infested N.J. farm
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2018, 10:16:25 PM »
Yeah, that's made several papers here.   :( yuk
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