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    NorCal ticks

    They sure grow 'em big around here. Found this one under the pups collar this morning. Gave her a bath on Sunday too and didn't have any signs. Heading to Petsmart now for some supplements.

    Anyone else running into them more frequent while out and about?
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    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    It's looking like a banner year. I got one Sunday and didn't find it until Monday night. I went to ER to get it out because it was in so deep and the doctor knew way less about dealing with them than I do. I'm on my second round of antibiotics for this in two years, cause Lyme desease is no fun.

    All in all, it's way easier to get them off the dogs when they've been on long enough to look like the one in the picture, but can't say I could wait thatlong for one on me own self.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    They sure grow 'em big around here.
    That guy is so big because it has been chewing on your dog for a bit and is gorged with blood. I have noticed that they are getting pretty thick out there though (in populations).

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    Yah think? Yeah I'm aware.

    My kid had fun but got grosed out, as I, when I let her smash it in the baggie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Yah think? Yeah I'm aware.


    imagine finding that guy on your marbles.

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    Yeah I pulled three off my dog yesterday after a real short walk on the path in our neighborhood. They are everywhere this year. Luckily I have not found any on me yet from riding, but I think I might have just junixed myself...

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    Not sure....

    Quote Originally Posted by markj2k4 View Post


    imagine finding that guy on your marbles.
    ....could be a better marble. Ooohh now that's gross.....
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    Ticks, poison oak and rattle snakes... As a surveyor I encounter them all way too often From what I've seen already it's going be rough summer for me between the early blooming po and tall grass for ticks to hide in. Anybody hiring? Lmao

    The nymphs (really fn tiny ticks) are the ones to look out for and give you the best chance of getting lyme. If one beds in and you pull it out, keep it alive in something so it can be tested if you start showing symptoms.
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    I'm guessing this thread will lead to Fc's next article?

    Sometimes I'm glad I'm slow, because the lead riders pick up most of the ticks.

    Doesn't always work, as this guy tried to come along for the ride.
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    GREAT, now I am sitting here in the office (obviously skirting actually getting work done) feeling like I got creepy crawlies and PO all over me

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    Really. Tell me about it. I have my youngest home with me sick and we sent pic to her sisters who are now freaking and threatning not to come home after school. One can hope right.

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    I have puller quite a few off me already this year, they do seem to be out more than the norm.

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    Ugh, I have poison oak right now and I pulled a tick off me a few weeks ago after it bit. First time in years I've had one actually lock in. My wife found it while at dinner with friends in city. She pulled it off at the table......kinda awkward. It hurt quite a bit for a couple of days after and there is still a small bump where we pulled it out. It appears to have healed and no rash so though, so I think I'm going to survive.

    To answer original question: banner year for both ticks and PO and there hasn't been a really warm day in months. Wednesday whining done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abeckstead View Post
    Anybody hiring? Lmao
    We're looking for a surveyor in Houston, wanna relocate . Kind of joking as I see you're in Lake County. I grew up in Ukiah and not too sure you could handle the culture shock, but if........ shoot me a pm.

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    I found 6-7 of them on me while riding Ft Ord 2 weeks ago. Just yesterday I found one in my shower hanging out on the wall. Not sure if this one ever bit me. I was riding the Pleasanton Ridge 24hrs earlier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    They sure grow 'em big around here. Found this one under the pups collar this morning. Gave her a bath on Sunday too and didn't have any signs. Heading to Petsmart now for some supplements.

    Anyone else running into them more frequent while out and about?
    That guy kinda resembles CHUM when he hasn't been riding much...

    Or was it, he resembles the bugs CHUM picks up because he crashes too much after not riding for awhile?

    In either case, when I ride with him, I let CHUM go first to crash into things and pick up the ticks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by 08StumpyPro View Post
    I found 6-7 of them on me while riding Ft Ord 2 weeks ago. Just yesterday I found one in my shower hanging out on the wall. Not sure if this one ever bit me. I was riding the Pleasanton Ridge 24hrs earlier.
    dang i ride there all the time...i have never been bit, but have not been riding more than a year!.whats the best way to prevent getting them?

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    The OP's pic shows the tick filled with food. It takes a few days to get that big. It is gross. I rarely walk my dog in tick territory just because of those things.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    whats the best way to prevent getting them?
    Stay home. Then again if you have a cat they drag em inside for you. Seriously though, stay out of tall grass and don't rub against trees or brush. Bright and light colored clothes really help for spotting them on yourself. There are days at work I stop and do a tick check like once an hour. Evil evil things!
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    Coe is gnarly right now! I have pulled off at least 5 and gotten 2 bites in the last few weeks.

    Cover up as much skin as you can and have someone do a full body check if you are riding Coe! For some reason they all seem to be on the HQ side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yeti575inCA View Post
    .whats the best way to prevent getting them?
    Ride when the sun is high and hot and the grass is dry. Ticks like moist weather.

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    picked off 15+ , mostly babies, last spring when hiking Cullen trail. Now I use off... even on my shoes!

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    Our Vet just told us that we dont need to vaccinate our dogs for Lyme as it never happens in NorCal, we live in the LG foothills with lots of ticks, Ive yet to find one on me--No idea if this is accurate--Thoughts?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackho View Post
    r Lyme as it never happens in NorCal,
    Not true, rare, but it happens, to me in fact, got it from a tick in Coe prolly around 10 years ago, got the classic bulls-eye rash and went on a two week regimen of antibiotics, key is to treat as early as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bbense View Post
    Ride when the sun is high and hot and the grass is dry. Ticks like moist weather.
    That's a bad time for me to ride...lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackho View Post
    Our Vet just told us that we dont need to vaccinate our dogs for Lyme as it never happens in NorCal, we live in the LG foothills with lots of ticks, Ive yet to find one on me--No idea if this is accurate--Thoughts?
    Got a tick in me from QS/LG area last year and the Doc sent it off to get "tested'. It came back positive. I got to start antibiotics right before a trip to Mexico. You are supposed to stay out of the sun while taking the antibiotic. It was awesome.

    So yes, it is possible.

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    Agree with TBC

    Quote Originally Posted by Trackho View Post
    Our Vet just told us that we dont need to vaccinate our dogs for Lyme as it never happens in NorCal, we live in the LG foothills with lots of ticks, Ive yet to find one on me--No idea if this is accurate--Thoughts?
    Though I'd say it's "not" not so rare. Bro in law got it from working around livestock (sheep shearer). It's not a good thing to have. I think he opted for non-antibiodic way of curing and did a life changing regimine to health and diet, fasting/cleansing/lottsa garlic . Not saying that's "the" way just what he's been doing for the last few years since contracting the disease.

    I didn't think you ever got rid of it in your system?? Maybe TBC can elaborate??
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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    I didn't think you ever got rid of it in your system?? Maybe TBC can elaborate??
    If treated right away it is curable and gone from your system from what I understand if left untreated for a long time (You might not even know you have it before it's to late) then it can become chronic and difficult to deal with. Been awhile since I've researched it so my memory may not be 100% correct.

    I also understand that most of the time if the tick is removed properly within 24 hours the likely hood of transmission is very low.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackho View Post
    Our Vet just told us that we dont need to vaccinate our dogs for Lyme as it never happens in NorCal, we live in the LG foothills with lots of ticks, Ive yet to find one on me--No idea if this is accurate--Thoughts?
    Your vet needs to go back to vet school.

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    Got bit by a little guy on my ride on Tuesday night in Granite Bay. Something was hurting/aching on my left inner ankle and I saw him. Stopped and got him out before he dug in very far. There's hardly any tissue on my leg there, just skin then vein and bone. And he was diggin' for the vein! The spot is still sore with just a little red bump where the bite was. Think there's any chance on Lyme? Just keep an eye on it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Finch Platte View Post
    Your vet needs to go back to vet school.
    Yeah he was kind of DR anti-vaccine--Ive been vacinating my dogs for Lyme forever, hes the first vet that said I didn't need to and that it didn't work well--weird. We use frontline for the dogs--but even with that the occassionally auger in.

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    My wife was diagnosed two years ago and has been fighting Lyme ever since.
    By the number of patients the local Lyme docotrs have It doesnt seem that uncommon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clintox50 View Post
    Got bit by a little guy on my ride on Tuesday night in Granite Bay. Something was hurting/aching on my left inner ankle and I saw him. Stopped and got him out before he dug in very far. There's hardly any tissue on my leg there, just skin then vein and bone. And he was diggin' for the vein! The spot is still sore with just a little red bump where the bite was. Think there's any chance on Lyme? Just keep an eye on it?
    PM Finch Platte to suck out the nasty stuff and you should be good

    I typically pull around a dozen out a year then just keep an eye the area for a couple weeks. I'm no Doc so take my advice with a grain of salt, but definitely contact Mr. Platte
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    Quote Originally Posted by c-wal View Post
    My wife was diagnosed two years ago and has been fighting Lyme ever since.
    By the number of patients the local Lyme docotrs have It doesnt seem that uncommon.
    How long was tick in and how long did symptoms take to show up?
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    We don't know how long the tick was in. It was found in her belly button...
    I think it was 2 or 3 years before she started seeing symptoms; seemed like stress brought them out.
    At the time she was planning our wedding, working full time and then some, finishing up her masters degree/teaching credential, and still riding a horse four days a week.
    After diagnosis she was on a bunch of orals before getting a PIC line and going the IV route.

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    Tick sex?

    So I needed to re-install a sign for this weekend's Volunteers for Outdoor California on the Jim Donnelly Trail at Coe; I had literally only gone one step up the trail and was into ticks---I first noticed one on the sign after I had knelt down to pick it up.
    :<a href="http://s1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/pliebenberg/Henry%20W%20Coe/Jim%20Donnelly%20Trail/VOCal%20April%202012/?action=view&amp;current=P4240007.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/pliebenberg/Henry%20W%20Coe/Jim%20Donnelly%20Trail/VOCal%20April%202012/P4240007.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>

    Checking my person I found about a half-dozen of these little buggers already crawling around. I figured this would be a good time to try to photograph the ticks in their "ambush" position; no problem---every other clump of grass had ticks on it:
    <a href="http://s1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/pliebenberg/Henry%20W%20Coe/Jim%20Donnelly%20Trail/VOCal%20April%202012/?action=view&amp;current=P4240018.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/pliebenberg/Henry%20W%20Coe/Jim%20Donnelly%20Trail/VOCal%20April%202012/P4240018.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>


    The weather must have been perfect for the ticks in this location; these were concentrated in a mostly shady area for about 15' along the trail:
    <a href="http://s1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/pliebenberg/Henry%20W%20Coe/Jim%20Donnelly%20Trail/VOCal%20April%202012/?action=view&amp;current=P4240030.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i1042.photobucket.com/albums/b426/pliebenberg/Henry%20W%20Coe/Jim%20Donnelly%20Trail/VOCal%20April%202012/P4240030.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>


    The next 100 yards up the trail I only saw a couple of ticks. Returning back down Hunting Hollow Road I found some out in the sunshine; quite often the ticks seem to be stacked up in clumps---is this when they are having sex!?!?:
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    Those are some great, yet horrifying, pictures. Thanks. I guess :P

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    Wow. Never going to Coe now....
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    Evil evil little f'n bastards!!! Wife found one on our daughter last night, didn't bite her... but pulled it off and flushed it down the toilet. Guess what I found crawling on the toilet seat this morning!
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    uggh makes me not want to ride!!!

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    Ticks and PO. There is nothing worse...

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    dos repellent work?

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    Thank god I haven't gotten any, no medical insurance, but I have been using a repellent spray with 25% DEET and so far nothing and I try to get out and ride 3-6 days a week (Granite bay and Lake natoma)

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    Great pix pliebenberg. Yuck! I flicked at least 40 buggers off me today in a place near my house that I've never ridden before. I mostly picked them up on a h-a-b section, and after flicking 20 off me, I was truly looking for them on the tall grasses, but never saw any (like your photos show). 4 hours later, I still feel like they are crawling all over me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trackho View Post
    Our Vet just told us that we dont need to vaccinate our dogs for Lyme as it never happens in NorCal, we live in the LG foothills with lots of ticks, Ive yet to find one on me--No idea if this is accurate--Thoughts?
    I know of two NorCal cases where it effed both women up bad for years. Rare, but it happens.Both two beautiful women I have known whose lives have been altered dramatically.

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    caught 2 crawling on me at salmon falls, and found one had bit earlier this week. Then brushed a few off in auburn yesterday, but came home to this one that had bit. No red rings yet, scary **** tho.


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    Quote Originally Posted by JMac47 View Post
    Though I'd say it's "not" not so rare. Bro in law got it from working around livestock (sheep shearer). It's not a good thing to have. I think he opted for non-antibiodic way of curing and did a life changing regimine to health and diet, fasting/cleansing/lottsa garlic . Not saying that's "the" way just what he's been doing for the last few years since contracting the disease.
    oh dear God why? Was he raised in the 16th century? Fasting doesn't kill bacterial infections, neither does garlic.

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    They have been nuts on Diablo the last few weeks. I have been covered the last few weeks and had two stuck in me last wee. I took the antibiotic, and so far no Lyme symptoms.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EBrider View Post
    They have been nuts on Diablo the last few weeks. I have been covered the last few weeks and had two stuck in me last wee.
    On your nuts and wee? Damn bro.

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