There’s a new ‘tick’ on the block and it’s making itself known in New Jersey. This particular critter is the East Asian tick, which is also sometimes referred to as a longhorned or bush tick, and is known for spreading a deadly virus called SFTS. Here’s an article with more information, that not just residents in NJ, need to know, but all over the globe.
HUNTERDON COUNTY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A tiny parasite could become a big problem this year in New Jersey. It’s an exotic tick that’s never been seen before in the United States. It was first spotted on a sheep in Hunterdon County, and efforts to wipe it out have failed. New Jersey has always been home to different species of ticks – five to be exact. But a new variety of the bloodsucking bug is now in the mix.
So what exactly is SFTS and how quickly is it spreading and why has it landed in the Garden State? Find out more in this video.
There are 5 tick species that are commonly known in New Jersey, but this one is a little far from home.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced the latest follow-up to what was described in a February 2018 publication in the Journal of Medical Entomology. The publication detailed an “uptick” in the New Jersey population that occurred last Summer. On August 1 , 2017, after shearing a 12-year-old Icelandic sheep named Hannah, a farmer went to the Hunterdon County Health Office with some new companions. Thousands of them, in fact.
If you live in New Jersey, we recommend that your tick control is up to date. These pests are a huge threat to our health and safety and we need to take action to protect ourselves, our families, pets and our homes.