By Gary Bogue
Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 7:25 am in Ticks.
While watering oaks on North Lime Ridge — our resident ‘wood tick magnet’ attracted some new friends. He picked up 12 wood ticks. The one I photographed on his shirt he missed, but after the photo it was released.
He always picks up ticks when we’re on our trips to maintain and plant habitats on the open space slopes of Mount Diablo around Walnut Creek. Hope these photos work for you.
Brian Murphy, Walnut Creek, California
Great photos. Thanks. This will give people who haven’t seen ticks before a chance to see what they look like. I’m always fascinated how some people seem more attractive to ticks (and mosquitoes!) than others. I guess they just taste better.
I’ve been getting a lot of reports from people I know who say this seems to be a BIG tick year in the San Francisco Bay Area. After walking through a field to reach a creek the other day, one person reported feeling a “tingle” on his legs and found 50+ ticks crawling around on his legs when he pulled up his pants.
I’d like to do a little survey. If anyone encounters ticks in large numbers (more than one or two) when hiking through an area, please leave a reply/comment below on how many ticks (approx.) you found and any other pertinent info. Also please include the location of the field/area where you found the ticks (please include city and nearest cross streets).
Do we really have a big tick problem this year? Let’s find out if we do, and where.
Here are some websites with tick information:
** TICK SIZE: http://www.google.com/search?q=tick+size&hl=en&client=firefox-a&hs=1WL&sa=G&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=s&biw=1024&bih=578&prmd=ivns&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&ei=NFb_TfPjO9DWiAKBrsRY&ved=0CEIQsAQ
** GENERAL INFO: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tick
** TICK BIOLOGY: http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/rbkimsey/tickbio.html
** CALIF. TICKS: http://entomology.ucdavis.edu/faculty/rbkimsey/caticks.html
** TICK DISEASES: http://www.emedicinehealth.com/ticks/article_em.htm
** REMOVING TICKS: http://www.anapsid.org/lyme/removingticks.html