The swarming ticks were found on Rutgers’s Cook Campus farm, adding Middlesex County to the list of affected N.J. counties.

An invasive tick from East Asia that can swarm livestock in the thousands has now spread to a third New Jersey county.

The New Jersey Department of Agriculture announced on Wednesday that the East Asian tick (also called the Longhorn tick) has been found in Middlesex County.

The ticks were discovered on May 10 at Rutgers’s Cook Campus farm during a statewide “Tick Blitz” organized by the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology, according to the NJDA. The ticks were found in a patch of tall grass along College Farm Road.

The National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the species of the ticks on May 11.

The ticks were first discovered last fall on a farm in Hunterdon county, where the ticks had swarmed a sheep. The sheep later died of natural causes.

Scientists had hoped that the ticks would not be able to survive New Jersey’s winter, but the ticks managed to find a way. The ticks were confirmed to have overwintered in late April, proving their ability to survive year round in the Garden State.

East Asian tick is now confirmed in second N.J. county

In April, the state confirmed that ticks had been confirmed in Union County after being discovered at the Watching Reservation.

So far, the East Asian ticks in New Jersey have yet to show any harm to humans. Robert Goodman, the executive dean of the Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Health Sciences, stressed that people should be more concerned about native tick species.

“From a public health standpoint, however, people should be more concerned about our native ticks and the diseases they may carry, such as Lyme disease,” Goodman said.

Multiple agencies, led by NJDA, are currently working to …read more

Source:: New Jersey Real -Time News


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