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
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.