SC Commissioner Weathers: Asian Longhorned Tick Found in York County

SC Commissioner Weathers: Asian Longhorned Tick Found in York County

Recently we learned that Asian longhorned ticks were detected at a cattle farm in South Carolina. Here’s Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers to tell us what it means for agriculture.

State and federal officials recently identified a large population of Asian longhorned ticks infesting a pasture at a cattle farm in York County. 

We want to get the word out to livestock owners to be on the lookout for these ticks.

Livestock owners and pet owners should consult with their veterinarian about tick prevention products that are effective against Asian longhorned ticks.

This invasive species is not commonly found in the United States, and bites from these ticks have caused severe illnesses in people, animals and livestock in other countries.

More research is needed to understand the potential health risk to people, livestock, and other animals.

What we do know is that this tick species can increase its populations very quickly, leading to large infestations in a short amount of time.

These ticks are also very small and can be hard to detect.

These ticks can feed on any animal but are most commonly found on livestock, dogs and humans.

Three state agencies — DHEC, the University of South Carolina Arnold School of Public Health, and Clemson University Livestock Poultry Health – detected the York County infestation through a tick surveillance program.

You can visit scdhec.gov/ticks to learn more and help with the tick surveillance program.