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Outdoors blog ticks archive

MONDAY, AUG. 28, 2017

THURSDAY, JUNE 1, 2017

MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2017

FILE - A June 8, 2010 photo shows a wood tick - or dog tick - clinging to a pencil used for scale, in Springfield, Ill.  Hantavirus, West Nile, Lyme disease and now, bubonic plague. The bugs of late summer are biting, although the risk of getting many of these scary-sounding diseases is very small. Lyme Disease is spread through ticks, the symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue and a bulls-eye rash. (Chris Young / The State Journal-register)

Winter finally fading into... tick season!

HIKING -- Ticks apparently weathered the winter better than most of us. "There might still be snow on area trails but ticks are out," says Ken Wirtz. "After a nice hike at Saltese Uplands with favorite wife (Rita) on Sunday, we both found hitchhikers while...

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MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2016

TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2016

TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2016

A moose in the Iller Creek area of Spokane Valley shows the grayish signs of tick infestation. (George Momany)

Tick infestation can make moose look ghostly gray 

WILDLIFE WATCHING -- They look old, with graying hair, but age isn't a factor. The so-called "ghost" moose wandering around the area are likely infested with ticks. "Moose can experience tick infestations that start in mid-September but the problem is not clearly visible to people...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 17, 2015

Anonymous advice about how to handle a random tick check offer.

Blood-thirsty ticks on the prowl

NATURE -- People weren't the only critters motivated by unseasonably warm weather to be active outdoors in the past week. Ticks are on the prowl, I've heard from several reports. Perfect timing! There's nothing like a full tick check for Valentine's Day.

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MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014

FILE - A June 8, 2010 photo shows a wood tick - or dog tick - clinging to a pencil used for scale, in Springfield, Ill.  Hantavirus, West Nile, Lyme disease and now, bubonic plague. The bugs of late summer are biting, although the risk of getting many of these scary-sounding diseases is very small. Lyme Disease is spread through ticks, the symptoms are fever, headache, fatigue and a bulls-eye rash. (Chris Young / The State Journal-register)

'Tis the season for ticks 

HIKING -- If you're heading out to explore the lowland natural areas around Eastern Washington, be warned that it's time to be using some DEET insect repellent on your neck and cuffs of shirt and pants, and going "nerdy" by tucking those pant-legs into your...

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TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013

TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2013

A bull moose yet to begin sprouting new antlers was photographed on on March 21, 2013, in the Ponderosa neighborhood of Spokane Valley by Hans Krauss. The moose's condition indicates it's been infested with ticks. (Hans Krauss)

Ticks: tiny wolves at work on area moose 

WILDLIFE -- Hans Krauss, a Spokane Valley wildlife enthusiast and photographer, shot these photos of a bull moose in the Ponderosa neighborhood a few days ago. What first caught his eye are the bases of where antlers had fallen off, and where the new antler...

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WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13, 2013

SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2012

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4, 2012

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14, 2012

Aaron Theisen, right, and Craig Romano explore the trail between Odessa and the BLM Lakeview Ranch in Lincoln County. (Rich Landers)

Sage advice for hikers in tick country

HIKING -- The ticks are out in the scablands around the region, and they're thirsty. Spokane hiker, writer and photographer Aaron Theisen offers this observation from his vast experience: "Never go to a dinner party directly from an early-spring hike, unless you want to entertain...

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SATURDAY, MARCH 10, 2012

American dog tick

Ticks rise to occasion of warmer weather 

HIKING -- What a difference a couple of warm days can make. Neither my dog nor I picked up ticks in Wednesday's cold temperatures while hikng BLM's Lakeview Ranch near Odessa. On Friday, after a couple warmer nights and days, a friend harvested a bumper...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2011

The Slavin Conservation area, like many of the areas preserved by the Spokane County Conservation Futures Program, are close to Spokane, enabling visitors such as these Spokane Mountaineers, to make quick visits even on weekday evenings after work.  (Rich Landers)

Don't be creeped out by ticks; be proactive 

CREEPY CRITTERS -- With a local girl being diagnosied with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, it's worthwhile for outdoors enthusiasts to reup our precautions against tick bites. Following is my Thursday column on ticks and precautions against tick bites. However, the following blog version includes numerous...

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THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 2011

Arrowleaf balsam root beckons Kamiak Butte hikers. (FILE / The Spokesman-Review)

Heed seasonal precautions for spring hikes

HIKING -- In your enthusiasm to get on the trail among the blooming wildflowers, don’t forget the basics of trekking in dryland areas: •Take plenty of water plus a means of purifying water en route. • Use sunscreen liberally and cover as much skin as...

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SUNDAY, MAY 29, 2011

Slavin Conservation Area south of Spokane. (Rich Landers)

Sunday outdoors was wildlife Rich

WILDLIFE -- My day has been crawling with wildlife. 6 a.m.: Going out to get the newspaper, I see a robin chick has just broken out of its egg in the nest behind the house. Naked pink and squirming with a little shell still on...

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FRIDAY, APRIL 1, 2011

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

Creepy warning for the outdoor weekender

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...

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