Connecticut calls 3 invasive tick species “major public health hazards”
Hartford Courant, August 16, 2021
By Jesse Leavenworth
State scientist Goudarz Molaei pulled a square of cloth through brush and grass on the Stratford coast Friday, then stopped and pointed to a crawling smear of larvae on the white fabric.
The tiny arachnids were either Gulf Coast or lone star ticks, two of three invasive species, along with the Asian long-horned tick, that have recently established footholds in Connecticut.
First seen only in pockets near the coast, the blood-sucking, disease-carrying ticks have spread into other parts of the state.