Potential Range for Asian Longhorned Tick Covers Much of Eastern U.S.

The latest Entomological Society of America (ESA) news covered a new published study on the potential US range for the Asian Longhorned Tick. The link to the study is below. Something worth keeping track of. Sorry if this is a duplicate for you, but not everyone is a member of the ESA.


“Since the arrival of the Asian longhorned tick in North America was first reported in New Jersey in early 2018, it has been found in eight other states in the U.S….suggest the Asian longhorned tick could survive in a large swath of eastern North America as well as in the coastal Pacific Northwest….Haemaphysalis longicornis is the first invasive tick to emerge in the United States in about 80 years…While it has yet to be found transmitting disease-causing pathogens to humans in North America, it has shown the ability to do so in Asia. It is also a cause for concern for animals and livestock, both in its ability to transmit disease and because severe infestations of the blood-feeding ticks can weaken animals by depleting their blood supply. Moreover, the tick has the unusual ability to reproduce via parthenogenesis—i.e., without fertilization”.