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Tuesday, October 22, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Creepy warning for the outdoor weekender

This tick is five times normal size, engorged with blood after dining.Spokane Regional Health District (Spokane Regional Health District / The Spokesman-Review)
This tick is five times normal size, engorged with blood after dining.Spokane Regional Health District (Spokane Regional Health District / The Spokesman-Review)

GETTING OUT -- Several Facebook friends have confirmed what I've already experienced:

Tick season has begun.

I don't mind looking like  a dork when I hike, so I don't hesitate to tuck my pant legs into my socks this time of year, especially when hiking the scabland country such as near Fishtrap Lake or Palouse Falls.

Treach the cuffs and collor of your shirt, as well as your hat, with Permethrin, and you're in pretty good shape.

Do a tick check when you get home.  The little buggers don't attach for hours after climbing aboard.




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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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