Are Asian Longhorned Ticks in Tennessee?Posted by Mosquito Squad
December 20, 2023
Yes. In mid-2022, the Asian Longhorned tick was found to be in Tennessee, after cattle were found to have illness, which is caused by the tick.
To the detriment of Tennessee livestock, the Asian Longhorned tick does reside in our state. While mosquito season in Tennessee was in full bloom this past summer, this dangerous arachnid pest that carries the protozoon Theileria Orientalis Ikedia entered the picture to add to our insect and pest control woes.
First reported six months ago by the Institute of Agriculture at The University of Tennessee in June 2022, this invasive, egregious tick brought with it a new, potentially dangerous, disease that effects cattle. The result of this tick bite is the subsequent infection that impacts red and white blood cells and causes bovine infectious anemia in our Tennessee cattle.
Clinical signs of theileriosis in cattle include anemia, jaundice and weakness, says University of Tennessee Extension veterinarian Dr. Lew Strickland.
After transmission, the resulting infections have been reported to cause mortality in up to 5% of infected cattle. Most notably, pregnant heifers and calves are particularly susceptible to the infection. Clinical findings include weakness, reluctance to walk and abortion. Physical examination may reveal pale mucus membranes, high fever, and elevated heart and respiratory rates.
There are always ticks in Tennessee, no matter the time of year. It takes extended periods of extreme cold, which does not occur here, to kill ticks in the winter.
One sure way to control them is with year-round tick control from Mosquito Squad. With Mosquito Squad of Nashville, our protection services for mosquito control Murfreesboro TN also include a robust control treatment for ticks.
Our two-pronged tick control formula is a combination of our mosquito control barrier treatment to eliminate ticks on contact, plus the strategic placement of biodegradable tick tubes around your property to lure mice. We fill each tick tube with insecticide-soaked cotton that the mice then collect and use for bedding. The reason we go after mice is simple: When ticks attach to mice, they will be taken to their nest and poisoned by the cotton. Quite brilliant, if we do say so ourselves – and our Murfreesboro, Tennessee clients agree.
Trust Mosquito Squad of Nashville for your year-round tick control Murfreesboro needs. Contact us at (615) 492-3662.