Be On The Lookout, A New Type Of Tick Has Been Spotted In Massachusetts

Of all the creepy crawlies that are out there, ticks can invoke a sense of panic and disgust. They are disease carriers after all. Between Lyme Disease, Babesiosis, and Anaplasmosis, infected humans can experience fever, chills, body aches, fatigue, and worse. The most common ticks in Massachusetts are deer ticks, dog ticks, and Lone Star ticks. However, a new tick was discovered quite recently. Back in August 2022, the Asian long-horned tick, unfortunately, made its way to the Bay State. Here’s what you need to know:

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  • The Asian Longhorned tick has been found in: Missouri, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia
  • While not as attracted to human skin as other ticks, they can still be found on humans.
  • Females can reproduce without mating by simply cloning 
  • It’s been known to carry Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF)

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