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PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by Fisching » Thu May 06, 2021 9:45 am

Friendly reminder to check yourself and your pet for ticks after a backcountry adventure. Despite the cool spring temperatures, they're out there, as I discovered last night. I found this one latched inside my belly button - I'm hoping from just this past weekend and not any longer than that.
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by JChitwood » Thu May 06, 2021 10:17 am

Ugh I hate arachnids. Smash with hammer immediately.
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by greenonion » Thu May 06, 2021 10:45 am

Hate the little bastards. Good idea for a PSA. I saw several ticks at Mill Campground near Sunshine and Redcloud about 3 years ago in May. There was a fair sized herd of elk very nearby which I assumed contributed. Hoping Lyme disease doesn’t become very prevalent in the west.
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by ekalina » Thu May 06, 2021 10:46 am

Yes, good reminder. I do a fair amount of bushwhacking in the Foothills, so ticks are often on my mind. I've encountered them in grass growing along creeks (riparian corridors), and, oddly, my buddy and I ran into about a dozen of them on the approach to the east ridge of Yale back in April 2017. That encounter was particularly disconcerting because the ground was entirely covered by snow and we were in a typical Colorado pine forest.

Fisching, what kind of area were you exploring?
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by Ptglhs » Thu May 06, 2021 11:00 am

greenonion wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 10:45 am
Hate the little bastards. Good idea for a PSA. I saw several ticks at Mill Campground near Sunshine and Redcloud about 3 years ago in May. There was a fair sized herd of elk very nearby which I assumed contributed. Hoping Lyme disease doesn’t become very prevalent in the west.
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by Fisching » Thu May 06, 2021 11:57 am

ekalina wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 10:46 am
Yes, good reminder. I do a fair amount of bushwhacking in the Foothills, so ticks are often on my mind. I've encountered them in grass growing along creeks (riparian corridors), and, oddly, my buddy and I ran into about a dozen of them on the approach to the east ridge of Yale back in April 2017. That encounter was particularly disconcerting because the ground was entirely covered by snow and we were in a typical Colorado pine forest.

Fisching, what kind of area were you exploring?
I did two separate climbs this weekend. The first being of Pt 13832 and PT 18311 on Saturday. I ascend from up the ridge East of Bent Creek, then came down (and horrendously bushwacked) through the Bent Creek basin. Sunday I did Pheonix Peak from Pheonix Park, ascending by the southwest ridge and descended essentially the same way. Both of these routes were essentially off-trail through a thicket of trees, so it's hard to say one over the other is more likely tick-infested.
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by cedica » Thu May 06, 2021 12:05 pm

Finally a topic where East Coast hikers can feel like having substantial expertise. Conspiracy theories about ticks here are of QAnon or LoveHasWon magnitude:
https://sites.newpaltz.edu/ticktalk/soc ... a-dumitru/
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by TakeMeToYourSummit » Thu May 06, 2021 12:07 pm

Fisching wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 11:57 am
Pt 13832 and PT 18311
I've had Colorado Tick Fever before... so yeah ticks suck. That aside would you be willing to share any pics or do a CR for these 2? Definitely debating going for them in the next couple weeks. Thanks in advance!
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by ekalina » Thu May 06, 2021 12:18 pm

cedica wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 12:05 pm
Finally a topic where East Coast hikers can feel like having substantial expertise. Conspiracy theories about ticks here are of QAnon or LoveHasWon magnitude:
https://sites.newpaltz.edu/ticktalk/soc ... a-dumitru/
Huh, I hadn't heard that one before. Well, it isn't the most implausible of recent conspiracy theories :lol:

On a different note, I've heard both permethrin (on clothing) and deet (on skin, I guess) can be used to repel ticks. Has anyone tried those? How well do they work?
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by Ignats » Thu May 06, 2021 2:45 pm

cedica wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 12:05 pm
Finally a topic where East Coast hikers can feel like having substantial expertise. Conspiracy theories about ticks here are of QAnon or LoveHasWon magnitude:
https://sites.newpaltz.edu/ticktalk/soc ... a-dumitru/
Live in the next town over from Lyme CT. also Westcliffe when I can. I'm a daily hiker and find ticks in all but Jan. and Feb. In CT, some years. Have chronic lyme since 2017. It's about stopping in smart places or moving quickly in others when in tick country. Lyme disease is forever once contracted.
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by Salient » Thu May 06, 2021 2:51 pm

Ignats wrote:
Thu May 06, 2021 2:45 pm
Lyme disease is forever once contracted.
Either this is a hyperbole or just a lack of knowledge in the subject.

Regardless, lyme disease if treated lasts only 2-4 weeks.
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Re: PSA: Check for Ticks

Post by nyker » Thu May 06, 2021 3:25 pm

Very weird, I was just thinking about this subject...as I pulled two ticks off me this week from the local woods. Hate these things. :evil: :cussing:

Aside from not going out and wearing light clothes, anyone have any solid preventative measures that have worked for them? Certain repellants, taping cuffs, etc?
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