CDC: Asian Longhorn Tick spreading in New Jersey, Pennsylvania

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning residents in several states about the spread of the Asian Longhorn tick.

New Jersey was the first state to report the tick after they were found on a sheep in August of 2017. Since then, dozens of counties and eight other states, including Pennsylvania have reported finding the tick on people, pets, and wildlife.

The CDC says the Asian Longhorn tick can quickly spread because, unlike most tick species, a single female can produce up to 2,00 eggs without mating. As a result, hundreds to thousands of ticks can be found on a single animal, person, or in the environment.

Officials say livestock produces and pet owners should consult veterinarians about maintaining regular tick prevention, and report the discovery of any unknown species.

Below are tips from the CDC for protecting yourself and your animals from tick-borne illnesses.