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Longhorned ticks spotted in several West Virginia counties — here are tips to avoid them

The Inter-Mountain

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — As of July 16, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) have confirmed haemaphysalis longicornis or longhorned tick’s presence in the following West Virginia counties: Tyler, Taylor, Hardy, Ritchie, Putnam, Lincoln, Monroe, Marion and Mason. While there has not been any reported spread of diseases from these ticks, prevention and preparation are key to keeping everyone safe. To help ensure safety, the West Virginia Department of Agriculture (WVDA) suggests following five tips to avoid tick bites and contact with ticks:

Use insect repellent with at least 20 percent DEET; apply to clothes and shoes.

Buy permethrin treated clothing or treat your clothes with permethrin.

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