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    I just got home from a trip to Minot N.D. to see a new grand daughter. I took several guns along as my son lives out in the boonies and has his own range, However even though the temp was getting near or below freezing at night as soon as the sun came out so did the ticks. I walked to the range which is 100 yards from the house and laid my rifle on the bench and walked to the 50 yard target to staple up some new paper. Thats as far as I got. I had ticks in my pants ticks in my hair....my pant legs were covered with ticks. I did not count them but there had to be 50 ticks just on my britches legs alone. I have never been one to shy away from the woods because of the bugs but this was like nothing I had ever encountered. My son said dryly yup they're bad up here.

    I opened the gun cases this morning to wipe down my guns and put them away and the gun that I took to the range had three ticks crawling on it when I pulled it out of the case and there were a couple more in the case. I had taken it out of the case at the range and propped it up on the bipod and left the case unzipped for maybe 5 minutes.

    I can't imagine turkey hunting in N.D. and dealing with that.

    Do you Alaskans have to deal with ticks of that magnitude?

  • #2
    They are really bad here in IL this year my friend, I was hoping the extended below zero weather would have reduced the population but just the opposite seems to have happened...
    When asked what state I live in I say "The State of Confusion", better known as IL....

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Smokey View Post
      They are really bad here in IL this year my friend, I was hoping the extended below zero weather would have reduced the population but just the opposite seems to have happened...
      I'm going to go look for some mushrooms tonight. I'll take a bath in DEET before I go. iI haven't been to the woods yet this spring so don't know how bad the little buggers are here but I have never seen them like they were in N.D.

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      • #4
        Despite what a lot of people seem to think, yes, we do have ticks here in Alaska. Fortunately, we don't have all that many. For the most part, the ticks up here are on the wildlife (hares primarily). There are a small number (increasing each year though) that are getting on dogs and to people, but they are still pretty few and far between overall. Nothing like what you see in many of the southern states. There was just an article about this last week in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner (http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_...7a43b2370.html).

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        • #5
          Originally posted by anchskier View Post
          Despite what a lot of people seem to think, yes, we do have ticks here in Alaska. Fortunately, we don't have all that many. For the most part, the ticks up here are on the wildlife (hares primarily). There are a small number (increasing each year though) that are getting on dogs and to people, but they are still pretty few and far between overall. Nothing like what you see in many of the southern states. There was just an article about this last week in the Fairbanks Daily News Miner (http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_...7a43b2370.html).
          Thanks, that article pretty much puts it in perspective!

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          • #6
            Yup they are here but in 14 years here I have seen one tick, one centipede, and one frog (it was still part frozen and very cool to play with.) Ticks and even flees are nothing to worry about here but skeeters sure are. Those evil little blood suckers are the worst this year I have ever seen! Normally here in the Mat-Su they are of little worry until evening unless you go stomping through grass. This year they are thick as they get in the Interior and no need to go looking for them in the grass as they come for you like buzzing zombie hordes!


            There are also a lot of spiders in Alaska and I get a couple oozy spider bites most every spring, never see the one that gets me so took a long time to figure out it was spiders. Bugs are a very minor nuisance here usually but this is an awful skeeter year for sure! Deet and more deet is the norm here till maybe mud June and they slacking way off in number and dedication to sucking you dry.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by elmerkeithclone View Post
              I'm going to go look for some mushrooms tonight. I'll take a bath in DEET before I go. iI haven't been to the woods yet this spring so don't know how bad the little buggers are here but I have never seen them like they were in N.D.
              DEET is a very poor repellent of ticks. You should use permethrin.

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              • #8
                As a kid growing up here in Alaska I never saw a flea.

                Later 1984-1986 I was working in Petersburg down in South-East AK and the place had fleas in many houses. Apparently they came in with some freight and the little buggers managed to get into several houses. Since furniture is sold back and forth around that town, they spread.

                Cock roaches are also non-indigenous, but Seward as a LOT of them in the down town area. The old business district used to have an underground tunnel that connected all the business basements right down to the old city dock ( now the sea-life center) . So back in the old days the cock roaches just moved into the basements from the ships.
                I was called to Niko's pizza place back in 1987 because somebody was having a heart attack. When they turned on the lights, the roaches ran off in every direction. You could put a saddle on a couple of them.

                A couple years ago I bought a new water heater from Spenard Building supply. It was made in Mexico and had Mexican Black Widow spiders ( They had sombreros ) in the box. One or two infiltrated my house and I occasionally see one. I have sprayed all sorts of stuff, but they hide like ninjas.
                Peppermint oil mixed with water and peppermint shampoo kill them instantly.
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                • #9
                  Yup more and more stuff moveing in all the time. Last summer I was at a frends house here in the Valley and spotted a nasty thing I knew from Arizona, a brown recluse spider! No idea how they got them but once I showed them what it is they find them couple a month in thT house.
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                  • #10
                    I believe the growth in ticks in the lower 48 is due to wild hogs spreading out everywhere.
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                    • #11
                      EKC:
                      Was that Cow Country where you were in ND?

                      It seems like ticks in the concentration you mention must have been where cows roam.

                      I've never seen a tick in the Greatland . I grew up with hoards of'em in Missouri. (They came over from Iowa, and Illinois, lookin for better eatin.)

                      Smitty of the North
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                      • #12
                        Smitty, I read today there are more than 900 species of ticks. One characteristic they all share is they jump on slow moving critters and are attracted to odor. So I am thinking if old EKC would get rid of that Mo slow pace ( that's where he is from ) and take a bath he would not get so infested!
                        Not say'n he is real slow but the last time we were together a robin tried to build a nest in his hat he was a sport'n, he said he gets a lot of fresh eggs though:think:
                        When asked what state I live in I say "The State of Confusion", better known as IL....

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                        • #13
                          My boss has nervous ticks when I ask pointed questions. Do those ticks count?
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                          • #14
                            Haven't seen a tick (nervous or otherwise) since moving up here. Plenty in Virginia where I grew up. Haven't had any chiggers either since coming up here. To me, those are the worst.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by ADfields View Post
                              Yup they are here but in 14 years here I have seen one tick, one centipede, and one frog (it was still part frozen and very cool to play with.) Ticks and even flees are nothing to worry about here but skeeters sure are. Those evil little blood suckers are the worst this year I have ever seen! Normally here in the Mat-Su they are of little worry until evening unless you go stomping through grass. This year they are thick as they get in the Interior and no need to go looking for them in the grass as they come for you like buzzing zombie hordes!


                              There are also a lot of spiders in Alaska and I get a couple oozy spider bites most every spring, never see the one that gets me so took a long time to figure out it was spiders. Bugs are a very minor nuisance here usually but this is an awful skeeter year for sure! Deet and more deet is the norm here till maybe mud June and they slacking way off in number and dedication to sucking you dry.
                              I've seen lots of frogs/toads up here, but they're no problem.

                              IME, the Early Big Skeeters usually aren't much of a problem, but they can be due to numbers. It's the Later Small ones that are the worst because they're harder to kill.

                              I battle the Spiders each year and pretty successfully too. You just go to Lowes and ask for some insecticide that kills spiders, and there's probably only about 2 that will. I spray it at EVERY entrance way to the house or garage, outbuildings, and spray lines across the yard. And, I spray anyplace they concentrate.

                              The stuff I use is spose to last all summer, but I refresh it more often than that, especially after a rain.

                              I often see spiders, curled up dead on the garage floor. They made it through across the spray, but they died getting there.

                              Doing this eliminates the spider problem almost entirely.

                              Smitty of the North
                              Walk Slow, and Drink a Lotta Water.
                              Has it ever occurred to you, that Nothing ever occurs to God? Adrien Rodgers.
                              You can't out-give God.

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