Animal-health officials suspect the Asian longhorned tick could be transmitting a foreign animal disease in Virginia.
The invasive longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) first identified in New Jersey in 2017, has now added North Carolina to its list of known U.S. residences.
Worms, flies, ticks and lice are all costly to beef producers.
No one is sure how the Longhorned tick, native to East Asia, arrived in the country, nor how it made its way to the middle of the continent. It was recently discovered in northwest Arkansas.
Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) would like to remind Texas veterinarians to be vigilant and proactive as they observe and collect ticks on small and large animals.
Over the past year, the invasive longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) has spread to at least nine states after first appearing in New Jersey.
A recently invaded tick species known as the long-horned tick could establish itself in wide swathes of North America — if they are transported accidentally.