HOSTS & HABITATS

Thus far, longhorned ticks were collected from more than 20 different host species in  North America.

The list of hosts include humans, livestock (sheep, goats, horses, cattle, chickens), companion animals (dogs and cats), and wildlife (elk, white-tailed deer, opossums, raccoons, coyotes, red and gray foxes, striped skunk, eastern cottontail rabbits, groundhogs, goose, and hawk.

Thus far, our collaborative efforts in Tennessee have led to longhorned ticks being found on companion animals (dogs and cats), domesticated animals (cattle), and wildlife (raccoon, opossums, and deer).

Some longhorned ticks have been found on us, but few have bitten us. 

Deer and elk
Deer and elk

Deer and elk

Cows
Cows

Cows

Dogs
Dogs

Dogs

Coyotes
Coyotes

Coyotes

Horses
Horses

Horses

Opossum
Opossum

Opossum

According to reports and our Tennessee data, longhorned ticks have been collected in forest and grassland environments described as humid environments between 68-86F where animals may rest or nest.

Shaded pasture
Shaded pasture

Shaded pasture

Woody creek
Woody creek

Woody creek

Wooded areas
Wooded areas

Wooded areas

Open pasture
Open pasture

Open pasture