New tick species discovered in North Carolina

Recent tick surveys sent to the US Department of Agriculture identified a longhorned tick on an opossum in Polk County, North Carolina. The longhorned tick is an exotic species from Asia that is a serious pest of livestock.

The tick was initially identified in New Jersey in 2017, but further research into other reported ticks that may have been misidentified have revealed that the first recorded case of this tick was on a white-tailed deer in August 2010 in West Virginia. Before its introduction in North Carolina, the tick had been positively identified in Arkansas, New Jersey, Virginia and West Virginia. Continue reading

New virus transmitted by ticks

A new virus that has infected people in Missouri and Tennessee has been identified as Heartland virus. Because it’s a virus, it cannot be cured with antibiotics. The best cure for this virus is prevention. All but one person infected by the virus has recovered; one died due to additional risk factors.

The virus is transmitted by the Lone Star tick. To see a picture of the Lone Star tick, visit our Pinterest page.

See both the Entomology Today blog post and the CDC webpage on Heartland virus.

IPM for landscaping

This month’s Ecological Landscaping Association newsletter has several IPM-centered articles that I thought were worth sharing. Although the ELA is located in Boston, MA, the IPM concepts can be adapted in other regions. Some of the articles worth reading include: