Asian Longhorn Ticks Can Survive Our NJ Winters

Invasive Asian longhorned ticks have made their way to NJ. While these ticks don’t pose much of a threat to humans, they can be a problem for sheep and other livestock. Scientists recently found that these ticks are able to survive the winter, which could lead to significant population growth.

Surviving the Cold

Asian longhorned ticks weren’t thought to be suitable for NJ’s cold weathers. Experts expected these ticks to die off thanks to freezing temperatures. However, these ticks managed to defy these expectations and reproduce. Asian longhorned tick nymphs were discovered on a NJ farm in the spring following a harsh winter. What does this mean for NJ residents?

Dangers of Ticks

Some tick species can spread diseases to humans, which is why professional pest control services in Monmouth County recommend having them eliminated promptly. Asian longhorned ticks don’t usually feed on humans or transmit diseases to people. However, they can make animals, such as horses and other farm animals, sick when they feed on them.

We feel it’s a good reminder to keep your grass trimmed and have your yard treated for ticks, so that these biting pests don’t have a chance to put anyone at risk of illness.

If your yard is infested with ticks, our pest control services in Monmouth County can help. Contact Allison Pest Control for more information on our tick control services.

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