On May 14, the National Veterinary Services Laboratory confirmed the finding of the Haemaphysalis longicornis tick (otherwise known as the East Asian or Longhorned tick) in Virginia. The tick first appeared on an orphaned calf on a beef farm in Albemarle County.
As of late 2017 H. longicornis was found only in New Jersey. No known direct link exists from the Virginia farm to the area in New Jersey where the first ticks appeared on a sheep farm.
Virginia state veterinary officials say they will continue to work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other federal and industry partners to determine the extent and significance of this finding.
The site link below contains images and descriptions of common Virginia ticks. Typically, ticks are seen in the greatest numbers in spring and fall, but can persist through all four seasons, especially in warmer weather.