Longhorned Tick Found in Polk County

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RALEIGH – A new species of tick has found its way to North Carolina. Recent tick surveys sent to the U.S. Department of Agriculture found the Longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicornis) on an opossum in Polk County. The tick has been previously identified in Arkansas, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia.

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Side-by-side comparison of nymphal ticks: the blacklegged tick (left), and the new invasive Haemaphysalis longicornis, also know as the Longhorned tick (right). Photo Credit: Jim Occi, Center for Vector Biology, Rutgers.