Asian Longhorn Ticks detected in Kentucky, pose threat to livestock
Asian Longhorn Ticks have been detected in Kentucky and pose a threat to pets and livestock.
University of Kentucky Extension Entomologist Jonathan Larson says this specific tick is an aggressive biter and multiple ticks, potentially thousands, tend to infest one host causing stress, reduced growth, and severe blood loss. Several ticks were found on a bull in Metcalfe County that was showing severe signs of fatigue. They were also found on elk and black bears in Martin and Floyd counties.
In addition to cattle and wildlife, the tick commonly preys on sheep, goats, horses, poultry, and rabbits, as well as outdoor pets, and less commonly humans. Asian Longhorn Ticks are small and reddish-brown with no distinctive markings. Owners who find an unusually large number of ticks on pets or livestock should contact their veterinarian.
Since 2017 Asian Longhorn Ticks have been detected in several Mid-Atlantic states as well as the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Arkansas.