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The Longhorned Tick and Austin

Tick Control | February 12, 2019

The Longhorned Tick and Austin

The CDC is reporting a new species of tick in the US – The longhorned tick, which is different from the Lone Star tick, was first collected in 2017 and since then has spread to nine states with Arkansas being one of those states. There have been no reports of the Longhorned Tick in the Longhorn state but that is expected to chain quickly.

Is This Tick Dangerous?

Yes and no. In its native territory of Asia, the tick’s bite causes illness in both animals and humans. Fortunately, those ticks collected for study have not produced any of the dangerous germs that would cause illness, but the potential for inoculation is present. There are ongoing tests of these ticks for the presence of disease.

The 2019 Tick and Flea Season

With the mild winter and warm, wet spring, the tick and flea season is not only starting early, it is gearing up to be a bad year for both. We are expecting an early start to the breading season for animals that would carry ticks and fleas and that means a likely higher contact rate for ticks and humans.

What Can You Do to Protect from Ticks and Fleas?

The best defense is a good offense and when it comes to tick and flea control a monthly pest service works best. Why monthly? Well, the longhorned tick is a general feeder meaning that it eats the blood of whatever organism is available. While these ticks are not yet reported in Texas, there is a good chance they will show up when the annual migration of animals occurs. Once, here, local animals such as squirrels, deer, raccoon and others will help the tick to spread across the landscape. The longhorned tick is only one species of ticks that people need to be aware of in Texas. We have plenty of other species that spread diseases such as Lyme’s Disease.

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