Nature’s Tick Magnets

Nature’s Tick Magnets

While opossums have a tenuous reputation among mankind, the toothy critters provide surprising benefits that can protect humans from disease. North America’s only marsupial has a varied diet that includes frogs, worms, and conveniently, ticks that may carry Lyme...
Where Will They Invade Next?

Where Will They Invade Next?

    Where will they invade next? In past blogs about the invasive Asian long horned tick, I discussed that the CDC and other health agencies are monitoring this species closely.  Researchers are concerned because this species has caused serious illness in...
No sex please we’re Asian ticks

No sex please we’re Asian ticks

In September 2017, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences in New Jersey confirmed that the tick found on a sheep in Hunterdon County, New Jersey was as Haemaphysalis longicornis commonly know as an Asian long horned tick. This was the first officially...
A New Tick to be Ticked Off About

A New Tick to be Ticked Off About

Canada may have a new uninvited visitor in 2019. For the first time in eight decades, a new tick species has arrived in the United States — one that in its Asian home range carries diseases to humans and livestock. Numerous Asian long-horned ticks were identified on...