NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – State and federal officials are warning residents after an invasive species of tick has been discovered in East Tennessee.
The Tennessee Department of Agriculture says two Asian longhorned ticks were found on a dog in Union County and five were found on a cow in Roane County.
The ticks, now spotted in 11 different states, first migrated to the United States in 2017, Bites from these ticks can make people and animals seriously ill, but so far no harmful germs have been found in ticks collected in the United States.
Tips to prevent tick bites in animals and livestock include:
• Coordinate with your veterinarian to determine appropriate pest prevention for pets and livestock.
• Check pets and livestock for ticks frequently.
• Remove any ticks by pulling from the attachment site of the tick bite with tweezers.
• Monitor your pets and livestock for any changes in health.
If your animals are bitten by a tick, experts recommend putting it in a ziplock bag, writing down the date and where it was most likely encountered and storing it in the freezer. If any signs of a tick-borne disease develop, bring the tick to the veterinarian.