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PostTue Mar 29, 2022 6:32 pm 
hairy.gif "Apparently we must have caught one of the earlier warmer days up there as there were six of us and we had over 30 ticks on the way down and into town and so far one hitched a ride home. We shook everything out at the trailhead and checked each other. We checked again in town where we ate and before the ride home. Anyways, I only had one, someone else had 11 another had 9. This was from the time we headed down to the time we left town. Apparently WTA has an article that was recently posted about ticks. As a follow up, a few found ticks even after they made it home." https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/trip-reports/trip_report-2022-03-26-2351826137

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PostTue Mar 29, 2022 7:07 pm 
You know, I haven't seen a single tick since I moved from California in 1996. One thing I have noticed, though, is that I wear hiking pants and I see a lot of people wearing shorts. I wonder if that would make a difference.

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PostTue Mar 29, 2022 10:31 pm 
ThinAir wrote:
I see a lot of people wearing shorts. I wonder if that would make a difference.
Every tick that i've had, originated on my upper body as i brushed past a tree/brush etc. so pants would not have helped in my case. I understand that you can coat your clothing in chemicals to help prevent the ticks but I haven't explored this until now but may since it seems Lyme Disease is becoming more common.

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PostTue Mar 29, 2022 10:36 pm 
The DOH has published some useful information: https://doh.wa.gov/community-and-environment/pests/ticks

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PostTue Mar 29, 2022 11:37 pm 
dixon wrote:
ThinAir wrote:
I see a lot of people wearing shorts. I wonder if that would make a difference.
Every tick that i've had, originated on my upper body as i brushed past a tree/brush etc. so pants would not have helped in my case. I understand that you can coat your clothing in chemicals to help prevent the ticks but I haven't explored this until now but may since it seems Lyme Disease is becoming more common.
Interesting. I feel like back in the day the word was, and my experience was, you are far more likely to get ticks from grasses than trees.

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PostWed Mar 30, 2022 5:37 am 
Already found several ticks on my dog here on the West side

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PostMon May 23, 2022 6:14 am 
Out this weekend on the west side and had several ticks on me. A few were pretty small. Not sure if they thrive more in the wet weather but so far looks like a bad year for them.

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PostTue May 24, 2022 10:12 pm 
Oddly, I've been hiking in the PNW, east side and west, maybe 3 hikes a week during tick season, mostly with just shorts on, for over 40 years, and have never found a tick on me. I look carefully every time (during tick season) and for the past 5+ years I wear clothing sprayed with permethrin (obviously no help with shorts), but so far (knocking on wood) none has shown up. NO idea why!

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PostWed May 25, 2022 6:43 am 
Navy salad wrote:
clothing sprayed with permethrin (obviously no help with shorts)
No help? confused.gif

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PostThu May 26, 2022 10:33 am 
... no help in keeping the ticks off my bare legs

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PostSun May 29, 2022 12:20 am 
I donít think ticks observe the 49th parallel. https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/bccdc-lyme-disease-map-1.6468200

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PostSun May 29, 2022 8:58 am 
I got one tick last week in Eastern Washington near the Columbia.....but, I was lying on my stomach photographing a cactus...it caused a wound, but was not embedded when I discovered it and pulled it off. It was not a Deer Tick.

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PostSun May 29, 2022 6:14 pm 
My girlfriend picked up a tick on Teanaway Ridge today.

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PostMon May 30, 2022 6:26 am 
Was it heavy?

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PostTue Mar 26, 2024 8:51 am 
Stehekin ticks really bad! Spent a few days up there. My relative who lives there says worst it's been in quite some time. Talked with some hikers who came in from Moore Point. They confirmed

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