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CT scientists express concerns with Lone Star Ticks

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Scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station were studying the Lone Star Tick on Monday. (WFSB) Scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station were studying the Lone Star Tick on Monday. (WFSB)
NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Lone Star Ticks are found in nearby states such as Massachusetts and parts of Long Island and now, scientists in Connecticut are studying the carrier of Lyme disease.

Lyme disease is generally associated with deer ticks.

The Lone Star Tick’s bite alone can cause people to become allergic to red meat.  

The Lone Star Ticks are known to attack in swarms and crept up into the northeast from the south. Scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station have been studying it.

In 2011, the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station received 55 Lone Star Ticks and in 2014 that number climbed to 85. Then last year it was 71.

The Lone Star Ticks are not well established in Connecticut, but some told Eyewitness News feel that's only a matter of time.

“I've been surprised that they haven't been as established along coastal Connecticut,” Kirby Stafford, who is a chief scientist and state entomologist, said. “I would suspect it's a climate issue in terms of their ability to over winter."

Scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station were getting new tick specimens daily.

But, scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station said they haven’t received any of the Lone Star Ticks this year. However, as weather gets warmer that is expected to change, according to Connecticut scientists.

Experts advised Connecticut residents to carefully check themselves and their pets for ticks this season.

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