Longhorned Tick has been spotted in Monmouth County
Health and agriculture officials have confirmed the long-horned tick has been spotted in a sixth New Jersey county...Monmouth County.
The tick was found on the floor of a home with a dog but it's not clear how it got there.
These kind of ticks are very small, looking similar to a tiny spider, and can go undetected on people or pets and carry diseases.
The USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) confirmed that the Longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) was discovered in Monmouth County, according to the NJ Department of Agriculture.
Before the tick was spotted in Monmouth County there have been findings confirmed in Bergen, Hunterdon, Union, Middlesex and Mercer counties.
"It is important for the public to continue to submit tick samples as this will allow us to identify new areas where this tick may be located," Dr. Manoel Tamassia, the New Jersey Department of Agriculture State Veterinarian said. "Only with this knowledge, will we be able to make decisions at local and national levels."
Public parks where the Longhorned tick has been found in New Jersey include Davidson Mill County Pond Park in Middlesex County, Overpeck County Park in Bergen County, and Watchung Reservation, Houdaille Quarry Park and Briant Park in Union County.
Officials say there have also been confirmed findings of the Longhorned tick in Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Arkansas.
Various local, state, and federal animal health agencies, as well as Rutgers Center for Vector Biology, continue to work together to find out the range of the Longhorned tick here in the Garden State.
The good news so far is that the NJDOA says Longhorned ticks that have been collected in New Jersey to this point have tested negative for various human and animal pathogens.
Longhorned ticks in other countries have been shown to spread diseases.
They are known to infest a wide range of species including humans, dogs, cats, and livestock.
You can learn more about these ticks and what to do if you spot one on the New Jersey Department of Agriculture's website.
If you find a tick on yourself, your pets or livestock they say you can call 1-833-NEWTICK (1-833-639-8425).
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