The world is full of mysterious creatures. They possess qualities that you would rarely find in any other living thing.
What’s so impressive about these creatures is that they often appear out of the blue.
You would be going about your day, and suddenly, there would be a newsflash about an animal or a bug that people have seen for the first time.
Such was the case with the notorious long-horned tick. People first noticed it back in the early months of 2017.
The first sighting of this bug was in Asia.
Researchers got some of these ticks and searched for similar ones on other continents.
Initially, they concluded that these insects were only present on different continents.
However, as time passed, they started appearing in other places too – particularly in the United States and New Zealand.
According to the latest reports, more than ten states in the U.S have long-horned ticks.
While these ticks look no different than the average ant or medium-sized cockroach, they are significantly more dangerous than them.
The first time people realized their destructive potential when they saw a group of these insects draining a cow’s blood like juice out of a Capri-Sun.
It was a truly horrifying sight and caused a panic in communities wherever people saw these bugs.
There was even a state of unrest where there were no sightings of these ticks.
People feared that they would be next and refrained from going outside until they were confident that their area was free from such blood-sucking pests.
Researchers were quick to collect samples of these dangerous bugs.
They knew that delaying research could be quite detrimental for people and animals.
Once testing began, their priority was to determine the extent of harm the long-horned tick could cause.