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'Crazy ants' that feast on electronics and are invading the U.S.CANNOT be killed with normal insecticide

Since it was first spotted in Houston in 2002, it's spread to some 21 counties in Texas, 20 counties in Florida and a few locations in Mississippi and Louisiana

The omnivorous ant attacks and kills other species as well as monopolizing food sources to the detriment of the entire ecosystem

It also attacks electrical wiring, causing millions of dollars worth of damage

By Jessica Montoya Coggins

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Pest explosions: ‘Crazy ants’ that feast on electronics and are invading the U.S. cannot be killed with normal insecticide

"A new and annoying species of ant is terrorizing the U.S. and chemicals that kill off other types of the insect are proving ineffective against it.

The 'crazy' ant, named for the erratic trail it leaves as it makes its way across the country, originated in Argentina and Brazil.

But since it was first spotted in Houston in 2002, it has spread to some 21 counties in Texas, 20 counties in Florida and a few locations in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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"LeBrun urges caution for residents in areas with known 'crazy' ant populations to be mindful when they are traveling."

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2338502/Crazy-ants-terrorizing-parts-U-S-resistant-chemicals-kill-species.html

http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/

Tx Reddwolf

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28 killed, hundred injured by swarms of giant hornets in China

 

Twenty-eight people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China, according to reports. Victims described being chased for hundreds of meters by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times. Most of the attacks in the past three months were in remote, rural, wooded areas in southern Shaanxi, the province’s China Business newspaper reported. In the city of Ankang alone, 18 people have died from the stings, health official Zhou Yuanhong told Associated Press. People in the cities of Hanzhong and Shangluo have also been injured. The insects’ highly toxic stings can lead to anaphylactic shock and renal failure. An official from Ankang’s disease control centre urged people to seek medical help if they received more than 10 stings, and warned that emergency treatment was required for those stung more than 30 times. One woman in her 50s said she had spent almost a month in hospital and was still incontinent after receiving more than 200 stings. A man from her village died of kidney failure.

 

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http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/28-killed-hundred-injured-by-swarms-of-giant-hornets-in-china/

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Must have flown threw Fukashima before hitting Japan. ;-)

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We should consider eating them.

 

Like UN said, insects are good source of protein.

 

If we could harvest them and deep fry, add soy sauce etc, getting stung by them might even become worthwhile.

It would create new jobs and support for some families.

 

Me...?

I used to eat cooked crickets before.

The sauce was so dark that we couldn't identify much about which bits we are biting into except legs.

 

What I couldn't eat was live bee babies wiggling around.

It sickens me to think of eating live animals/insects (veges & fruits are ok), but then again, WE OFTEN EAT CHEESE MITES SWARMING ON CHEESE JUST BECAUSE WE DON'T SEE THEM BY NAKED EYES, saying that's a tasty cheese.

 

May be it's time to change our idea about eating drastically...it can help these wacky invasions in positive manners! ;)

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OK Unity, here's a start for  you.  Get with it would you?  I'm sure the villagers would love you for it. >:D

 

Campaign Begins to End Locust Plague

Joe DeCapua  Sept. 26, 2013

 

"More than a year after a locust plague was declared in Madagascar, a control program finally is about to begin. Massive swarms of the insects have damaged or destroyed large areas of cropland and pastures.Aerial and ground surveys are underway in Madagascar to map the locations of the Malagasy migratory locust swarms.
Annie Monard, locust response coordinator for the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, currently is in Madagascar. Monard was among those who sounded the alarm over a year ago.
“It is a plague – no doubt concerning that. It’s a plague because numerous locust swarms escaped the outbreak area. The declaration of plague was made in April 2012.”

Despite the announcement of a locust emergency, the response was slow to develop. That allowed the swarms to spread even further from the southwest where they’re endemic.

The problem began several years earlier when the last control program – funded by the African Development Bank – ended. The FAO launched emergency campaigns in 2010, 2011 and 2012, but they were not enough to stop the locust plague from developing."

 

http://www.voanews.com/content/madagascar-locust-campaign-26sept13/1757457.html

 

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Yeah save the planet, also save people from famine...eat them....! ;D

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Ask bear Grills, he will put anything in his mouth-

 

When shit hits the spinny thing I don't mind having a lawn prawn sammy but its going to be a mind over matter thingy to eat spiders and stink beetles or millipedes or grubs still wiggling :(

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Regarding those huge wasps from China.  Seems they are not just in China any longer.

 

"Dozens Killed By Freakishly Huge Hornets In China – And Now They Are Attacking People In The U.S. Too"

Michael Snyder   Sept. 30, 2013

 

"The photo of an Asian giant hornet posted above was taken by blogger Kurt Bell, and as you can see, these Asian giant hornets are freakishly huge.  They are also extremely aggressive and they are not afraid to attack people at all.  And as you will read about below, getting stung by one of them is exceedingly painful.  If they only attacked humans once in a while, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal.  Unfortunately, Asian giant hornets appear to be multiplying rapidly and they have killed dozens of people in China in recent months.  But most Americans are not going to get too concerned about a plague of giant hornets on the other side of the planet.  Well, what if I told you that Asian giant hornets are now spreading like wildfire in this country and attacking people all over the United States?  Would I have your attention then?  Because that is precisely what is happening.

The recent giant hornet attacks in China have made headlines all over the globe.  For example, the following is an excerpt from a recent article in the Guardian

Twenty-eight people have died and hundreds have been injured in a wave of attacks by giant hornets in central China, according to reports.

Victims described being chased for hundreds of meters by the creatures and stung as many as 200 times.

How would you like to be stung 200 times?

And when you get stung by one of these giant hornets, it is immensely painful and it can dissolve your skin

 

We know the picture by the blogger Kurt Bell was of a dead wasp, but it does show the size of this creature.

Perhaps read the rest of the article below and check out the other links too. Come to your own conclusions.

 

http://thetruthwins.com/archives/dozens-killed-by-freakishly-huge-hornets-in-china-and-now-they-attacking-people-in-the-u-s-too

 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/01/giant-asian-hornets-killing-people-china_n_4023249.html

 

https://www.facebook.com/AsianGiantHornet

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I think you people over there, need a psychic to communicate with the giant hornet Hive mind to find out what their problems and why are they attacking. and maybe that why China don't had any problem there because they used one of their Psychic children to communicate with them. and killing them won't be the solution to your problem.

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China Struggles To Control Spate Of Hornet Attacks As Deaths Rise

 

Authorities in northern China are struggling to control a spate of attacks by aggressive hornets that has now killed 42 people and injured at least 1,640.

Residents in the cities of Ankang, Hanzhong and Shangluo in Shaanxi province have been hardest hit, according to local news reports, with 206 people still in hospitals for treatment. Of those, 37 are said to be in critical condition.

 

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http://behindthewall.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/10/03/20800024-china-struggles-to-control-spate-of-hornet-attacks-as-deaths-rise?lite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shit! thats a big bug, perhaps we should all arm ourselves with a squash racket :'( .

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MILLIONS of false widow spiders on loose across UK

October 6, 2013

Jason Taylor

 

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Millions of false widow spiders are on the loose in Britain

A false widow spider bite can cause a fatal allergic reaction

 

"The deadly cousin of the black widow has reached EVERY PART of southern Britain and the species is fast spreading north into Wales and the midlands.

Warmer temperatures mean the venomous arachnids - by far the most poisonous spider on our shores - are breeding faster than ever before.

And there has been an explosion of sightings in the last 48 HOURS as far north as Birmingham.

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The British Arachnological Society said the false widow - Latin name Steatoda Nobilis - is now 'extremely abundant' in some places.

The vast majority of sightings have been in outbuildings, sheds and houses although many have also been spotted in parks and gardens.

Alex Michael, 36, also from Kent, told the Daily Star last week how his hand "swelled like a balloon" after being bitten by a false widow. 

He initially had blood tests and x-rays at both Queen Mary’s Hospital in Sidcup and Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, as experts desperately tried to find out what was wrong.

He said: "If they bite a young kid of an elderly person who hasn’t got a great metabolism it could be quite dangerous."

 

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/343118/MILLIONS-of-false-widow-spiders-on-loose-across-UK

I'd say if you live in the UK you may want to keep an eye out for these buggers..dang

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Spiders in Bananas: Deadly Creepy-Crawlies Hatch As Woman Eats
November 5, 2013

Clyde Hughes

 

 

A London woman's banana was infested with a nest of deadly Brazilian wandering spiders, the most venomous spider in the world, and she didn't make the nightmarish discovery until she'd already eaten half the banana.

The Daily Mail reported that Consi Taylor purchased the Colombian Fair Trade bananas from Sainsbury's local chain. Taylor said she had eaten one half of the banana when she noticed what she thought was unusual bruising.Then the tiny marks dropped onto her carpet and "scurried off into hiding," according to the Daily Mail. She said it was pest control experts who informed her that the insects could be Brazilian wandering spiders.

These particular arachnids often called "banana spiders" because they like to hide in banana plants and are found throughout South and Central America.
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http://www.newsmax.com/TheWire/spiders-in-bananas-hatch/2013/11/05/id/534935
 

UPDATE ON CRAZY ANTS
 

New Crazy Ants Species Invades Dallas

November 6, 2013

 

Every region of this country has to deal with certain unpleasant aspects of nature, regardless of how beautiful the area is. Texas is no different. If you’ve lived in or visited the Dallas-Fort Worth area, for example, you probably learned to walk carefully in the grass, especially when barefoot. Red fire ants make their homes throughout the region and can be easily spotted by the large, rounded mounds of dirt they build — and their “fiery” sting. Now, however, a new ant species, Nylanderia fulva, colloquially known as a “crazy ant,” has come to Dallas and is driving the more native fire ants crazy as they take over their natural habitat.

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http://blog.coldwellbanker.com/new-crazy-ants-species-invades-dallas/

 

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Poison-resistant 'super rats' spreading across the UK

November 7, 2013

 

"The rats look like normal rats but cannot be killed by regular poison pellets and eat them "like feed".

The disease-carrying rats are taking over other rat populations, experts say.

They have been spotted in Kent and Sussex in the southeast of the country and the West Country in the southwest, the International Business Times reports.

The rats have also reportedly been sighted further north in Oxford and Berkshire, sparking fears that they are spreading.

Pest controllers want to use more lethal poisons in order to stop the rats travelling further but are facing resistance from authorities.

Richard Moseley from the British Pest Control Association said: "Normal rats are being killed off by poison, so these resistant species are taking their place - it's only natural that their numbers are expanding."

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http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/poisonresistant-super-rats-spreading-across-the-uk/story-fnjwkt0b-1226754751124

 

 

 

 

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Biblical scenes filmed in China as tens of thousands of TOADS descend on town following heavy rainfall

June 5, 2015

 

"A scene of biblical proportions descended upon China’s Liaoning Province following heavy rainfall.

A plague of toads was filmed in the area of Ganjingzi Qu, Liaoning Sheng, swarming a pathway and making the ground look like it was moving.

Hopping in their tens of thousands, the toads, which were all relatively small in size, escaped from a nearby lake."

 

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The plague of toads arrived in Ganjingzi Qu, Liaoning Sheng after heavy rain fall in the morning

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3112207/Thousands-toads-descend-China-heavy-rainfall-results-biblical-scene.html

 

 

 

Then There's this one  Tx Reddwolf

 

Mystery of the Texas 'earthworm herds' that form a perfect line on roads: Scientists baffled by strange behaviour since storms
June 5, 2015

 

"Since the recent storms in Texas, worms in the area have been behaving strangely.

In Einsenhower State Park, for instance, rangers have spotted clumps of what they thought was discarded spaghetti sitting in the middle of the road.

On closer inspection, the strings of pasta turned out to be mounds of worms, sitting in a perfect line at the centre of the road stripe."

 

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In Einsenhower State Park, rangers have spotted clumps of what they thought was discarded spaghetti sitting in the middle of the road. The 'pasta' turned out to be worms behaving oddly
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3112976/Mystery-earthworm-herds-Creatures-Texas-behaving-strangely-storms-no-one-knows-why.html
 

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50-mile swath of grasshoppers, beetles seen on radar

 

Posted: Jul 23, 2015 12:52 PM EST Updated: Jul 23, 2015 4:26 PM EST

By Erin Jordan

 

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Radar lit up this week along the Oklahoma and Texas border. There was 50-mile wide area of radar returns on a quiet weather day. Instead of rain, it was bugs on radar. <snip>

 

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http://www.wistv.com/story/29617423/50-mile-wides-swath-of-grasshoppers-and-beetles-seen-on-radar

 

 

Published on Jul 22, 2015

The Frederick Oklahoma WSR-88D Radar picked up something other than rain on July 22nd, 2015, it picked up some grasshoppers and beetles! Check it out.

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Vets Warn Fleas Becoming Resistant To Chemical Treatments

December 9, 2015

 

"SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Experts say fleas may be mutating and becoming more resistant to topical anti-flea treatments peskier than ever for Bay Area pet owners trying to get rid of them.

One vet KPIX spoke to said the smelly solutions designed to kill fleas that pet owners have been applying to their cats and dogs may not help thanks to survival of the fittest flea.

Katherine Vanicon1.png Ekert with VetPronto is one of many Bay Area vets that are telling pet owners the anti-flea solution produced by companies like Frontline and Advantage that they are buying isn’t working.

“You can imagine when we’re applying a flea product that’s designed to kill a flea and those fleas have random mutations the genes that are resulting and are allowing the fleas to survive are going to win,” explained Van Ekert.

Fleas may have mutated, but Van Ekert says the flea problem also has to do with the warmer weather.

“This past summer has been dragging on months and months, so flea populations, they have been really small to start off with and they’re growing,” said Van Ekert. “Normally, they go into dormancy in thewintericon1.png, so they will hibernate for a while. But it just hasn’t been cold enough for that yet.”

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http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2015/12/09/vets-warn-fleas-becoming-resistant-to-chemical-treatments/

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Creepy long stick insects measuring HALF A METRE successfully bred by scientists

January 7, 2016

Sean Martin

 

 

"SCIENTISTS have successfully embarked on the world’s first breeding program of giant stick insects which were feared to be extinct."

 

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Museum Victoria's Maik Fiedel and Lady Gaga-ntuan

 

"The world could soon see the monster insects – which grow as big as 57cm – come back from the brink to roam the outdoors.

 
The Ctenomorpha gargantua was believed to have died out before a pregnant female was discovered near to Cairns, Queensland, in 2014. Prior to this, only two females had been found in the wild.
 
The creepy crawly, affectionately dubbed Lady Gaga-ntuan, died shortly after captivity, but did manage to lay a dozen eggs before she passed away.
 
Scientists from a museum in Australia have since embarked on a breeding program, and her offspring, one of which at 56.5cm, is just 2mm shy of the record of the longest stick insect, have now successfully laid eggs.
 
The breeding program will give researchers the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the elusive insect, which typically lives for up to just a year.

Maik Fiedel of Melbourne Museum – which is a part of Museum Victoria said: "Looking at the size of the animal it's actually quite a surprise that we haven't come across a lot more.

"We believe it's more of a canopy dweller, these animals reach maturity and sit in the canopy until they pass away and that could be 30 metres high in a rain forest, so these things might be rare but they could be very common just unlikely to be seen a lot."

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http://www.express.co.uk/news/science/632449/Creepy-long-stick-insects-measuring-HALF-A-METRE-successfully-bred-by-scientists

 
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Scientists discovered this bizarre creature in the Philippines

 

This Shipworm grows to over 5 feet

Thrives in mud

Can't eat, but Microbes in it's gills devour Hydrogen Sulfide and produce CARBON for it to live on.  

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Tiny 'meat-loving' marine creatures 'eat' teenager's legs at Melbourne beach

Aug. 6, 2017     Christopher Knaus 

"Experts left stunned by possible sea lice bites after Sam Kanizay emerged from the beach at Brighton with severe bleeding

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A Melbourne teenager says his legs were covered in blood after they were eaten by tiny marine creatures at a Victorian beach.

When Sam Kanizay, 16, felt sore after football on Saturday, he decided to soak his legs at Dendy Street beach in Brighton.

Half an hour later, he walked out covered in what his family said were tiny marine creatures eating his legs.

“When he got out, he described having sand on his legs, so he went back in the water,” his father, Jarrod Kanizay, said.

“He went back to his shoes and what he found was blood on his legs. They ate through Sam’s skin and made it bleed profusely.”

University of New South Wales marine invertebrates expert, Alistair Poore, said he had never seen a case like it."

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https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/aug/07/tiny-meat-loving-marine-creatures-eat-teenagers-legs-at-melbourne-beach

Tx Landdownunder

Bitten teen's dad films Melbourne beach sea lice enjoying a meal of fresh steak

 

 

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Ancient LIVING shark born in 1500s is world's OLDEST vertebrate and could be 512 years old

Dec. 12, 2017     Anthony Blair

"A SHARK believed to be the oldest living vertebrate has been discovered in the North Atlantic Ocean.

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BIZARRE: An ancient living shark has been discovered that's believed to be up to 512 years old INSTAGRAM/@JUNIEL85

Danish scientists found the ancient creature — which is believed to be 512 years old and is 18ft long.

The shark is the world's oldest vertebrate – an animal with a backbone – and may have been born in 1505, when King Henry VIII was just 14 years old.

According to the journal Science, Greenland sharks grow at just one cm a year.

So when they discovered a female shark measuring a whopping 18 feet, they knew this creature had to be incredibly old.

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https://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/weird-news/666587/shark-oldest-living-vertebrate-greenland

What a shame it was to catch it.

 

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Alien invasion: French territory under siege from giant predatory worms (PHOTOS)

May 23, 2018     RT

Alien invasion: French territory under siege from giant predatory worms (PHOTOS)

The invasive worms have a rusty-brown head and iridescent blue–green body. Photo by Laurent Charles.

"Biologists are warning about an invasion of giant predatory worms in French territories across four continents. The infestation has gone underreported for almost two decades and poses a threat to fauna, according to researchers.

Biologist Jean-Lou Justine, amateur naturalist Pierre Gros, and three other colleagues conducted a five-year study of over 700 sightings of giant worms across French territory since 1999, and published their findings in the journal PeerJ on Tuesday. Five years ago, Gros began sending Justine photos of three separate and highly unusual worms he discovered in his garden.

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The alien worms are all clones that reproduce asexually. Native to Asia, the predatory creatures feed on earthworms. They possess a bioweapon known as ‘tetrodotoxin’ which immobilizes their prey. One of Justine's colleagues once reportedly put one of the flatworms in his mouth and described it as "one of the worst experiences of his life."

Throughout the course of the study, the team identified five species of alien worms in France and French overseas territories. Justine initially dismissed the threat posed by the exotic worms as nothing more than a minor pest - as, apparently, did other biologists. "

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The predatory worms feast on earthworms and are all clones that reproduce asexually. Photo by Laurent Charles.

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https://www.rt.com/news/427518-giant-predatory-alien-worms/     Tx w

"DUNE" anyone?

 

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New ‘exotic’ tick invades NC, and it’s an ‘aggressive biter.’ How far has it spread?

July 12, 2018     Mark Price

 

"An invasive species of “exotic” tick native to east Asia has been discovered in North Carolina, and it’s an “aggressive biter,” says the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The Longhorned tick was found recently on an opossum in Polk County, in western North Carolina along the South Carolina border. It’s about 90 minutes west of Charlotte.

Details of the discovery were not released, but a warning was issued Wednesday for the state’s veterinarians to be on the lookout for a rapid spread.

Longhorned ticks are capable of spreading disease, and the females reproduce without a male, says the N.C. Department of Agriculture. That means a single female can create a colony anywhere in the state, officials say.

“It is an aggressive biter and frequently builds intense infestations on animals causing great stress ... and blood loss,” said a statement issued by Michael Neault of the N.C. Department of Agriculture.

“It is a serious pest of livestock in its native regions ....This tick can spread pathogens among a diverse host range on which it feeds.”

Longhorned ticks are vulnerable to the same insecticides that kill other ticks, he said.

State officials say they are trying to find out how widespread the ticks have become and monitor for diseases they may potentially spread."

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https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article214748110.html

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BLOOD SUCKER Scientists have discovered the longhorned tick, an East Asian species of cloning tick (like this adult and nymph pictured next to the rim of a dime), in four continental U.S. states this year.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/invasive-longhorned-tick-can-clone-itself-suck-livestock-dry

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