What ticks are in New Jersey? We can tell you!

We now know that eleven ticks species can be found in New Jersey, thanks to Jim Occi, Andrea Egizi, Richard Robbins, and Dina Fonseca. Surprisingly, not many states have a full accounting of the tick species within their borders. But after the discovery of the invasive Asian longhorned tick (Haemaphysalis longicordis), it seemed like a good time to correct that for the state of New Jersey. If surveillance or control measures are ever considered, then you need to know who is present.

The tick species present are:

  1. Amblyomma americanum
  2. Dermacentor albipictus
  3. Dermacentor variabilus
  4. Haemaphysalis leporispalustris
  5. Haemaphysalis longicornis
  6. Ixodes brunneus
  7. Ixodes cookei
  8. Ixodes dentatus
  9. Ixodes scapularis
  10. Ixodes texanus
  11. Rhipicephalus sanguineus

All species are supported by voucher specimens. This list is, of course, subject to revision upon further discoveries.

See the original article Annotated list of hard ticks (Acari: Ixodida: Ixodidae) of New Jersey by J L Occi, AM Egizi, RG Robbins and DM Fonseca in Journal of Medical Entomology 2019, 1-10.

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