NJ has at least 11 tick species, and some are making us sick*

A Rutgers University lead team has identified 11 tick species living in New Jersey. Bringing awareness is the first step to control the spread of the ticks responsible for Lyme and other diseases. In 2018 a census of ticks  was taken in all 21 NJ counties. The census showed, for example, that lone star ticks, which can spread disease, are more widespread across the state than ever before.

New Jersey also drew national focus two years ago when an exotic Asian tick called Haemaphysalis longicornis, also known as the Longhorned Tick, was confirmed to be present in the Sate. Research suggests the longhorned tick has likely been present since 2013. It is one of two invasive species from other countries found to be spreading throughout NJ.

The Brown Dog Tick which is the second most invasive species, can infest dog kennels and homes, carrying pathogens that cause canine and human diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever.


The research has discovered ticks are moving north from the Southern United States, such as the Gulf Coast tick, which can transmit Rickettsia parkeri rickettsiosis, a form of spotted fever, to people. The Gulf Coast tick isn’t present in New Jersey yet, but the researchers at Rutgers believe it will eventually arrive.


Ticks are one of the most common carriers of vector-borne diseases in the world. Vector borne means an infection transmitted to humans by other animals or insects. Omega Pest Management offers Vector Care treatments to reduce the occurrence of such diseases.

In 2018 New Jersey had 4,000 diagnosed cases of Lyme disease, which is a vector borne disease. Shockingly, on a per capita basis, the occurrences of Lyme disease incidence rivals that of cancer in NJ.

The 11 ticks found in Nj are:

  1. Lone Star Tick - transmits Heartland Virus Disease and it also can cause an allergic reaction that is associated with consumption of red meat.

  2. American Dog Tick - transmits Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Tularemia.

  3. Blacklegged Tick or Deer Tick - transmits Lyme Disease and Powassan Virus Disease.

  4. Brown Dog Tick - transmits Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

  5. Rabbit Tick - Rabbit Fever

  6. Asian Longhorned Tick

  7. Winter Tick

  8. Ixodes Brunneus Tick

  9. Ixodes Cookei Tick

  10. Ixodes Dentatus Tick

  11. Ixodes Texanus Tick

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* Referenced material came from the Philadelphia Enquirer Monday, May 13, 2019 "N.J. has at least 11 tick species, and some are making us sick", and the CDC report on Tickborne Diseases of the United States .

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