Pests — United States
A tick species associated with bats has been reported for the 1st time in New Jersey and could pose health risks to people, pets, and livestock, according to a Rutgers-led study in the Journal of Medical Entomology [citation below].
This species (_Carios kelleyi_) is a “soft” tick. Deer ticks, which carry Lyme disease [_Borrelia_], are an example of “hard” ticks.
“All ticks feed on blood and may transmit pathogens (disease-causing microbes) during feeding,” said lead author James L.