The USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) has confirmed that the Asian Longhorned tick has been discovered in Somerset County, making it the seventh county in New Jersey where the insect has been found. The parasite was discovered on a pet dog and was confirmed to be the Asian tick earlier this week. Prior findings have been confirmed in Bergen, Hunterdon, Union, Middlesex, Mercer, and Monmouth counties.
Like deer ticks, the Asian Longhorned variety has been shown to spread disease. They are known to infest a wide range of species, including humans, dogs, cats, and livestock. Ticks collected in New Jersey thus far have tested negative for human and animal pathogens.
Various local, state, and federal animal health agencies, as well as Rutgers Center for Vector Biology, continue to work together to identify the range of the Asian Longhorned tick. Instructions on how to submit ticks found on people, pets, and wildlife have been posted to the New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s website.
A phone line has also been established to leave a message if residents find a tick and don’t know what to do next: 1-833-NEWTICK (1-833-639-8425).