Longhorned Tick Continues Spreading Across Missouri

Veterinarians and pest management experts continue to express concern about the spread of the longhorned tick across Missouri.  The tick, which does appear to have horns on its body, was recently confirmed to be in Boone County, with earlier sightings in Clay, Greene and Linn counties.  Dr Rosalie Ierardi with the University of Missouri’s Veterinary Diagnostic Clinic, says the tick has found several ways to spread.

Ierardi says while the tick primarily impacts cattle health, it could also impact humans.

Dr Rosalie Ierardi advises Missourians to also look out for the Lone Star Tick and American Dog Tick.  Tips and guidance on how to avoid tick exposure are available through MU Extension.