Asian Tick Species Discovered in North Carolina!
On June 25, 2018, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the finding of the H. longicornis tick (also known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick) in North Carolina. Until this time, this tick had never previously established a population in the U.S.
Current hosts for this tick includes: dogs, cows, goats, sheep, deer, and horses. The tick is classified as an aggressive biter and frequently produces significant infestations on domestic hosts. As this particular tick can reproduce parthenogenetically (without a male), a single female can quickly create a local population.
The Longhorned tick has been found to be susceptible to the same preventatives currently in use for tick control. If your pet is not on flea and tick prevention, we encourage you to start them on a monthly regimen today.