Connecticut has been experiencing an influx of non-native species lately, including the Asian longhorned tick.
These ticks, which are typically found in Asia and Australia, are parasitic and feed off the blood of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
They are known to cause issues with cattle and are thought to be transported via birds. Although they are more attracted to animals, it’s still important to check yourself and your pets carefully after spending time in grassy or forested areas during the warmer months.
Ticks can carry diseases such as Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but thankfully, there have been no cases of Asian longhorned ticks transmitting disease in the US.
If you find a tick on yourself or your pet, use tweezers to remove it and dispose of it in a container soaked with alcohol or freeze it. For more information, visit the Centers for Disease Control website and then give us a call to start the process of controlling them.