A cattle fever tick quarantine road sign in South Texas. Texas A&M AgriLife photo
A cattle fever tick quarantine road sign in South Texas.

N&H TOPLINE: Texas cattle fever ticks back with a vengeance

As of Feb. 1, more than 500,000 acres in Texas are under various quarantines outside the permanent quarantine zone.

Texas cattle fever ticks, which made Texas longhorns the pariah of the plains in the late 1800s, are once again expanding their range, with infestations detected in Live Oak, Willacy and Kleberg counties, Texas A&M AgriLife experts reported. As of Feb. 1, more than 500,000 acres in Texas are under various quarantines outside the permanent quarantine zone.

Dr. Pete Teel, Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist at College Station, Texas, said the vigilance and cooperation of re

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