A new invasive type of ticks has been made in the United States, and officials say it is a threat while it continues to spread in the new states.
The Centers for Disease Control reported that the Asian Longhorned tick was first reported to the United States in 2017. Since October 2018, it has been found in several countries along the east coast.
Females can be reproduced without mating, says the CDC, and can lay up to 2,000 eggs at the same time.
In other countries, for Asian Longhorn ticks it is known that humans and animals are sick. So far, none of those found in the United States has had harmful bacteria.
"The total public health and agricultural impact of this detection and spread of ticks are unknown," said Dr Ben Byrd, deputy director of the CDC vector vectoring department. "In other parts of the world, the Asian longhorned tick can transmit many types of pathogens that are common in the United States. We are concerned that this tick, which can cause mass infestations on animals, on humans and in the environment, is spreading in the United States ".
Ticks are usually not found in the Western hemisphere.
CDC recommends that people take steps to avoid bite bites, including using EPA registered repellents, checking your body for ticks and showering after they are out.
If you happen to find an Asian long shield, remove it as soon as possible, put it in rubbing alcohol in a jar or plastic bag and contact your local health department, veterinarian or state agriculture office.