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.

Killer Critters

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. 

Deadly Impact

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.

Initially, the results were not as expected as the scientists realized that they couldn’t proceed with their investigation until they didn’t see any real-world cases.

It was not ideal, but it was the only thing they could use to take the next step in their research.

However, they did not have to wait for the first case where this insect bit a human.

The incident happened in the United States, and the victim’s family wasted no time in taking him to a hospital.

Fortunately, the impact was not as deadly as people imagined, but the experts at the Parasitology lab reported that the patient was lucky.

The further stated that these bugs are more than capable of causing a devastating impact on human beings.

According to them, these insects contain semi-poisonous toxins that could cause a variety of diseases.

The experts claimed that the long-horned tick relays Rickettsia Japonica. It causes the victims to suffer from Japanese spotted fever.

Another reputable source claims that it could also cause bloody stool, especially in cattle. The bug harbors some dangerous pathogens.

They could lead to dangerous diseases like the Powassan virus, anaplasmosis, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis.

Draining A Cow To Death

If someone told you a decade ago that there would be a long-horned tick that could drain a massive cow’s blood, causing it to die – you would have laughed.

Unfortunately, these creatures are capable of doing that. The case mentioned earlier was not the first one – there have been four others with the latest one being a cow in North Carolina.

People observed the animal suffering a gruesome death caused by a group of ticks that were tinier than pennies.

The bites caused massive rashes and marks on the cow, which deteriorated its condition further. What’s more surprising is that an animal as large as this one was defenseless against such a small insect.

They catch you off guard, and before you know it, it’s too late.

After this incident, farms across the world, especially in America, have been following strict precautionary measures to save their animals and themselves from this lethal insect.

Could These Ticks Be Present In Other Places?

While there haven’t been any reports suggesting the presence of long-horned ticks in other countries, there is no way to tell for sure.

Since these creatures are relatively tiny and bear a resemblance to several insects, identifying them is quite challenging.

The only way most areas were able to tell that these bugs were present was by spotting them on animals or humans in some cases.

Their thirst for blood is an identifiable trait and is what most nations use to find them.

That said, it wouldn’t be surprising to see an instant outpour of news where several countries simultaneously reported these bugs.

They did not take much time to go from Asia to Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Therefore, it would be best to remain vigilant and practice all the necessary precautionary measures to avoid ticks.

Up until now, there is no cure or antidote to kill these creatures or stop their spread.

Your best bet would be to use insect repellants whenever you go outside.

Covering your body with full-sleeved shirts and long pants could also offer some safety.

Besides that, maintaining good hygiene could also help you prevent attacks from these pesky critters.

Long-Horn Ticks Can Multiply Rapidly

A 66-year old in New York resident found a strange insect stuck to his leg.

He rushed to the hospital immediately to get rid of it and get tested.

After removing it from the victim, the doctors determined that the insect was indeed a long-horn tick.

Thankfully, the patient was free from diseases.

However, doctors requested to check his house for more bugs.

Upon getting the thumbs up, they rushed to his house and found out a swarm of similar insects roaming around in the patient’s yard.

Researchers collected some samples of this creature and learned that it could spawn over two thousand clones in weeks.

What’s even scarier is that they can produce them without mating.

Watch out for these critters and immediately report your local bug extinguisher to get rid of them.

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