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Blue Tongue
« on: July 27, 2021, 04:54:31 PM »
If we are going to have a big outbreak of Blue Tongue it will be this year. I haven't seen any yet, but that doesn't mean it's not out there. Post your thoughts and observations.

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2021, 01:16:35 PM »
I'm expecting some blue tongue this year. It's been a scorcher of a summer. Last weekend I was out chasing coyotes around and out of the 10 bodies of water I visited, 8 of them were completely dry, the rest were super low, warm, stagnant, disgusting.  :dunno:

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2021, 01:25:11 PM »
Its comin.....

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2021, 01:32:08 PM »
It seems like most of the standing water around here has dried up, which is much sooner than usual. I am wondering if these warm temps drying out the usual ďpoolsĒ will reduce the severity. Less water = less larvae? Iím not sure. The creek on our place seems damn near stationary though (even though itís still flowing), so I donít know if thatís a potential breeding ground or not. Iím praying itís not a repeat of 2015.


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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #4 on: July 31, 2021, 09:05:31 AM »
The worst year I remember around here Chewelah area was in the early 90's. Spring turkey the next spring we found dead deer everywhere. It was double doe tags those 2 years and the game dept. didn't cancel the double doe season the next year. I still haven't seen the deer numbers like we had before that.

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #5 on: July 31, 2021, 09:32:46 AM »
It's usually into late August and September that the effects of it are seen around here. The midge larvae are in the mud by then but I don't think it has to be stagnant water. Supposedly that's where they are most common and it makes sense. I believe the dryness is so complete here that the midges may be knocked back a bit too.

@BULLBLASTER had some dead into October a few years ago from likely blue tongue. I believe it has to freeze HARD before the risk is truly gone.
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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2021, 09:35:52 AM »
It's usually into late August and September that the effects of it are seen around here. The midge larvae are in the mud by then but I don't think it has to be stagnant water. Supposedly that's where they are most common and it makes sense. I believe the dryness is so complete here that the midges may be knocked back a bit too.

@BULLBLASTER had some dead into October a few years ago from likely blue tongue. I believe it has to freeze HARD before the risk is truly gone.

And for the record, I think it's actually EHD not blue tongue. Even though they are very similar diseases spread by the same gnats to the same animals
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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2021, 09:37:26 AM »
I wonder if an insecticide could be used to treat/eradicate these gnats?
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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2021, 09:45:54 AM »
If we are going to have a big outbreak of Blue Tongue it will be this year. I haven't seen any yet, but that doesn't mean it's not out there. Post your thoughts and observations.

Yep, generally the hot dry ones.   Circle around the mudhole

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2021, 12:23:48 PM »
Blue tongue is having a big impact right now in the Palouse. I know of 53 that have been picked up within the city limits of Colfax. Very sad to see because the herd was just starting to come back after 2015.

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2021, 12:27:16 PM »
Blue tongue is having a big impact right now in the Palouse. I know of 53 that have been picked up within the city limits of Colfax. Very sad to see because the herd was just starting to come back after 2015.
So sorry to hear that.

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2021, 01:44:32 PM »
Bio just confirmed itís EHD

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2021, 03:08:08 PM »
Bio just confirmed itís EHD

Dang. Not what I like to hear.   

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2021, 03:14:26 PM »
Doesnít EHD occur due to drought and contamination of water sources from domestic livestock pissing and crapping in their watering hole?   This what Iíve heard so just confirming. 

If that is the caseÖ.I am dumbfounded that landowners donít provide water to the wildlife in areas prone to EHD.   Itís not that hard to fence off a 250 gallon tank to keep livestock out.  The deer will find it. 

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Re: Blue Tongue
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2021, 03:21:04 PM »
Doesnít EHD occur due to drought and contamination of water sources from domestic livestock pissing and crapping in their watering hole?   This what Iíve heard so just confirming. 

If that is the caseÖ.I am dumbfounded that landowners donít provide water to the wildlife in areas prone to EHD.   Itís not that hard to fence off a 250 gallon tank to keep livestock out.  The deer will find it.

I don't think that is right, I have heard it's a gnat that hangs around waterholes and bites the deer when they come to water. But I'm anxious to hear from someone who knows more than I do.
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