New Exotic Tick Species Discovered In NC

 

RALEIGH, N.C. (WFMY) -- A new species of tick has been discovered in North Carolina.

State health leaders are warning against the tick called the Longhorned Tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis). It was discovered on an opossum in Polk County.

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The Longhorned tick is an exotic, East Asian Tick. The tick can reproduce parthenogenetically without a male. That means the single female tick can create a population on its own. It’s a serious pest of livestock. It’s also an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on animals.

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