Invasive longhorn spark found for the first time in New England - WGME

This undated photo provided by Rutgers University shows three Longhorn ticks: from the left, a fully swollen female, a partially swollen female and a swollen nymph. (Jim Occi / Rutgers University via AP)

PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island – A species of invasive mint originating in Asia that is spreading in the eastern United States was found for the first time in New England.

Rhode Island's Environmental Management Department said Monday that the taco taco was spotted in Connecticut this fall, marking the first discovery of the pest in New England.

The tick is known to transmit diseases to livestock and wild animals. The department is asking livestock producers and wildlife rehabilitators to check animals for ticks.

It has not been linked to human disease in the United States, but it is known to spread a potentially deadly virus to humans in Asia.

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The first longhorn tick in the United States was found in New Jersey last year.

Since then the ticks have been identified in different states.

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