BENTON COUNTY, Ark. (KNWA) – The first presence of the Longhorned Tick in Arkansas has been confirmed by the USDA.
According to the Arkansas Agriculture Department, the tick came from a dog in Benton County.
The Longhorned Tick is an exotic East Asian tick considered by the USDA to be a serious threat to livestock because heavy tick infestations may cause stunted growth, decreased production and animal deaths.
The tick is associated with bacterial and viral tickborne diseases of animals and humans in other parts of the world.
In other countries, the Longhorned Tick has been implicated in causing disease in humans, including severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome
The nymphs of the Longhorned Tick are very small and resemble tiny spiders and can go easily unnoticed on animals and people.
This tick is known to infest a wide range of species and has the potential to infect multiple North American wildlife species, humans, dogs, cats, and livestock.
People can protect themselves, their children, and pets from ticks by using standard prevention methods such as wearing Environmental Protection Agency approved repellents, performing tick checks, and tucking in clothing. Learn more about protective measures, here.