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    Default Is this hideous little bug a tick?



    I don't play with bugs as much now that I'm a grown man, but I saw this guy on the piping on my jobsite today and it really got my curiosity going. Is this a tick or other parasitic bug? I've never seen a bug like this since I've been in Anchorage (1990). Have they made it up here already? Does anyone have info on the parasitic bugs in Alaska?


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    Nope, not a tick...they are from the evil weevil family of bugs and a strawberry pest though, and will eat into the fruit. I crush every one of those that I find.
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    Looks like a Coleopteran (beetle) at a quick glance. Definitely NOT a tick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tearbear View Post
    Nope, not a tick...they are a strawberry pest though, and will eat into the fruit. I crush every one of those that I find.

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    Looks like a strawberry root weevil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iofthetaiga View Post
    Looks like a strawberry root weevil.
    Bummer...didn't know they liked the roots as well On a side note, this thread should probably be in the gardening section...unless someone is planning on hunting them.
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    Looks like my Ex-wife.........please crush with extreme prejudice.

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    That's good to know. What's the farthest north they've found ticks on moose or caribou?


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    Quote Originally Posted by highestview View Post
    That's good to know. What's the farthest north they've found ticks on moose or caribou?


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    There are ticks here, and more coming north all the time. Likely only a matter of time before it's as bad as down south. Plug this into your search engine (without the quotes): "ticks site:http://forums.outdoorsdirectory.com"
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    These also eat notches in the edge of Rhododendron leaves-very crunchy little hard bodies
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    Future reference: at 1.2 million to 1, it is safe to say " if I don't like the looks of this I will kill it".

    Lawyers disclaimer: this logic can not be used on people

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrassLakeRon View Post
    Future reference: at 1.2 million to 1, it is safe to say "if I don't like the looks of this I will kill it"...
    For me, it really doesn't have much to do with the way the bug looks, it's the damage they do in my strawberry patch...they are not allowed to chew on my berries, and will be crushed accordingly.
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    Those eat my 12" royal hibiscus plants. I kill them wholesale along with the green Chinese beetles.

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    I saw a tick that was brought into the Soldotna Emergency Room a couple weeks ago. It was passed on to Fish and Game I think. It was found on someone here visiting from Michigan that "swore" they didn't bring it with them. Ron, can you tell your friends to keep the riff raff home? :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by smarion View Post
    I saw a tick that was brought into the Soldotna Emergency Room a couple weeks ago. It was passed on to Fish and Game I think. It was found on someone here visiting from Michigan that "swore" they didn't bring it with them. Ron, can you tell your friends to keep the riff raff home? :-)
    Oh isn't that nice...!!! Unfortunately, though I can't be sure, I may have found one attached to the side of my lab's mouth a couple days ago. The dog may have already scratched away the body and only head may have been attached. I noticed some blood there and just plucked away whatever it was. It bled off and on for awhile after that.......
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    We didn't have ticks till about ten years ago. Since we are warming, next will be killer bees and armadillos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrassLakeRon View Post
    We didn't have ticks till about ten years ago. Since we are warming, next will be killer bees and armadillos.

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    Ticks have been around up here a lot longer than that. People just were not as aware of them because they aren't the type to typically see on humans or dogs. Here is a story from the Fairbanks Daily News Miner from this spring about it.

    http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_...7a43b2370.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by anchskier View Post
    Here is a story from the Fairbanks Daily News Miner from this spring about it.

    http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_...7a43b2370.html
    Wow....that was quite the enlightening article.........unfortunately.
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    The article is right, just like in Michigan, climate change is to blame.
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    Here in the lesser 48 the whitetail population can take a lot of blame too. Here in MD you see deer everywhere, all of them are covered in ticks, and they spread them everywhere. Every time I take my dog out I have to check him, even with the K9 Advantix I still find them on him. Found one on him the other day that got engorged to the size of my fingernail.
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