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Re: Ticks
« Reply #50 on: May 02, 2017, 04:20:18 PM »
Found one this time last year in mt Vernon while working on my truck.
Reading this thread has me itching and scratching.
I'm not sure.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #51 on: May 02, 2017, 04:22:52 PM »
Uh oh....

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #52 on: May 02, 2017, 04:32:37 PM »
One was crawling on the little cooler I use as a tackle box the other day. Had the wife put a small toothed comb in the shower. I hate ticks. The Sawyers stuff works best for me.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #53 on: May 02, 2017, 04:38:20 PM »
OK, now i am sitting here after fishing on the bank for a few hours and my nuts start itching. Now the crack of my ass is itching. Crap  I should have never opened this thread. Off to the shower.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #54 on: May 02, 2017, 04:40:30 PM »
I grew up in the NE part of the country.  My days after school, weekends, and all summer were spent outside in the "country".  Ticks were an every day thing to us.  I have picked thousands off of me, had hundreds dug into me, and even had one gorge on my blood and blow up to about the size of a grape.  To me, they were similar to mosquitos, just a nuisance.  We were always told stories about Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, but I never knew of anyone who had it.  In my adult years, I heard of a FEW people getting Lyme back east, but these were second hand accounts. 

If you Google search "Lyme Disease Heat Map" you will see a map of Lyme Disease in the US from the CDC https://www.cdc.gov/lyme/stats/maps.html

Same for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/tickbornediseases/rmsf.html

As you can see from the maps, it is exceedingly rare in Washington State for anyone to get either of these diseases, especially when you compare WA to the states of high incidence.  It looks to me from a quick glance of the maps that there were less than 2 dozen cases combined state wide in WA in 2015. 

It's just a different frame of reference when I hear people saying "I had a tick on me in 2007 after camping one 4th of July".  As I said, it was like a mosquito to us, and very little harm was done.  While it's gross to think of a bug biting you and sucking your blood, it is exactly what a mosquito does.

I just want to assure everyone that if you have a tick on you, or even a hundred, it is HIGHLY unlikely you will come down with a disease here in Washington State (according to the CDC).  You really don't have to run off to the ER if one is on you, just pick it off and watch where it bit you for a few days.  If you get a fever or the dreaded "target spot", get to a doctor, but for the sake of my insurance bills, having one on you isn't a reason to run off to an expensive ER visit! 

I've never had a tick borne illness that I'm aware of, and like I said, they were so common that nobody batted an eye about them. 

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #55 on: May 02, 2017, 05:57:18 PM »
Found a few in me this year. I had one crawling on my neck about 3 days after being in the woods. I shower at least once a day, sometimes twice. I wonder where he came from? :dunno:
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #56 on: May 02, 2017, 08:51:21 PM »
Been in the woods going on 30 days straight and noticed they've really come on thick the past 10 days. One day I forgot to spray myself with permethrin and picked off 19 over the course of the day.
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #57 on: May 02, 2017, 09:39:27 PM »
We were working off highway 20 outside of New Halem last week.  Pulled 5 ticks off each other in 4 days.  Other then that only pulled one off the hound probably 15 years ago, strange year. 

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #58 on: May 02, 2017, 09:49:12 PM »
I think I'm going to have my wife check me for ticks now......i hope she isn't mad when I wake her up. 8)
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #59 on: May 02, 2017, 10:19:50 PM »
We were working off highway 20 outside of New Halem last week.  Pulled 5 ticks off each other in 4 days.  Other then that only pulled one off the hound probably 15 years ago, strange year.
Wow I've never had any around lake Cavanaugh and figured the wet would keep them at bay.  New halem is prettybwet country.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #60 on: May 03, 2017, 10:00:37 AM »
I picked a bunch off in the NE corner this last weekend 👎🏻
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Re: Ticks
« Reply #61 on: May 03, 2017, 12:11:43 PM »
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We were surprised with how wet of a winter we've had there were so many ticks up there as well.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #62 on: May 03, 2017, 01:14:13 PM »
Found a few in me this year. I had one crawling on my neck about 3 days after being in the woods. I shower at least once a day, sometimes twice. I wonder where he came from? :dunno:

After weekend of turkey hunting, I had the same thing happen. I had showered, used a fine tooth comb, the works. I got to thinking and sure enough, went out and checked the truck only to find one of the little buggers on the seat cover. They had dropped off on the way home, hung out a day or two and attacked while I was coming home from work. Sneekey little buggers.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #63 on: May 07, 2017, 08:41:26 AM »
Had two on me yesterday while I was sighting in my 22 mag on my property near Chewelah. Wasn't even near brush or trees and only there an hour.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #64 on: May 27, 2017, 05:12:44 PM »
Has anyone ever seen a tick in western WA? In 48 years I've never seen one in Whatcom county. I spend almost all my spare time in the woods year round too.
I get a couple on me every year in snohomish, skagit, and whatcom counties. In August I found one on me in the truck after bear hunting around Darrington. During deer season I had another one that got past my gaiters, up my pant leg, and embedded into my calf. Had a friend's dog get 4 or 5 on him in just an hour of walking around a clear cut near the Sauk.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #65 on: May 27, 2017, 07:49:29 PM »
I've found quite a few over the years in western wa. Some at st helens, some around greenwater, and even some on the islands. Found one on me from anderson island years ago and shot a buck in the san juans who had at least a dozen on him.

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Re: Ticks
« Reply #66 on: May 27, 2017, 08:03:13 PM »
This hasn't made it's way up here yet that I'm aware of, but I'm dreading the day. Tick born red meat allergy called alpha-gal. Ironically you get bit by a tick that bit a deer and you can't eat venison or any other game meat for the rest of your life.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.today.com/amp/health/tick-bites-linked-rising-number-meat-allergies-t84821
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