Species of tick spreading in US doesn't need mate to reproduce

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A tick species is spreading across the U.S. with an odd characteristic — the Asian longhorned tick doesn't need a mate to reproduce.

Veterinarians say it was first noticed along the eastern seaboard, but it’s making its way across the U.S. and was recently found in Kentucky. They’re not sure yet what disease it can carry.

“They’re a vector. They’re feeding on blood of one animal, moving along, feeding on the blood of another, so it’s only probably a matter of time before they pick something up they can spread,” said Dr. Michael Henricks.

Dr. Henricks recommends using flea and tick preventative on pets and checking them regularly for ticks.