WVDA Warns Residents About New Species of Tick

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is urging citizens to be aware about a new “tick” threat.

The infamous tick known for feeding on mammals and sometimes reptiles. Ticks also can spread infections which sometimes can be life threatening.

In a release by WVDA, they add that the “Longhorned” or “East Asian” tick has been spotted in Albemarle County VA.

Commissioner of Agriculture Kent Leonhardt says, “Our beef industry is the second largest agricultural commodity in the state. This exotic tick is a threat to angus and beef farmers.” “We are asking the public to be aware that this tick may already be in West Virginia.”

For more information, please contact the WVDA’s Animal Health division at (304)- 558-2214.

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