Super bummer. They look a lot like American dog ticks, but have much longer mouthparts and tend to be larger. You guys be on the lookout for these. They have a very painful bite.Oh Joy. This is a snippet of a Rutgers message.
"Gulf Coast ticks (GCT), Amblyomma maculatum are in Salem county, NJ. Individual ticks have also been found in Cape May and the Meadowlands area. This is a very aggressive tick and does bite humans and pets. It transmits Rickettsia parkeri and some populations have a high prevalence with this pathogen."
It's a good thing I don't have nightmares. I watched "The Thing" on Netflix last night. Hoo boy!Thanks for the access to the article, Bob. It was fascinating to read, but it's disturbing to think of flying ticks with electro-targeting capabilities. It will be surprising if I don't have "Wizard of Oz" nightmares with big flying ticks replacing flying monkeys.
You can read this, it's not locked. I often feel like I had it but it got better over time. Many nights when I lived in Bamber, when I got into bed, I'd be scratching my lower legs until they turned pink in some areas, and yet it was obvious there was no bug bite.