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02-10-2013 06:58 PM
huntergreen since we often have deer and other wild life year round, i worry about ticks year round. march till nov are the months i expect tic problems here.
02-10-2013 06:49 PM
Nigel
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Originally Posted by RocketDog View Post
It has been crappy the last two years though for plowing, I think. I feel like we haven't had "much snow", even though we have had more than we think. I think it FELT like we had only a couple feet, didn't it?
I miss the winters 07-08 and 08-09 . And your probably right again on the "feeling like" part. I don't tend to get called in as much with snow events are under two inches, so it doesn't register. I checked out the link with the monthly reports and I like that, maybe our colder than normal January, I think it said 24.7 degree avg will at least slow them ticks down a bit!
02-10-2013 06:01 PM
RocketDog It has been crappy the last two years though for plowing, I think. I feel like we haven't had "much snow", even though we have had more than we think. I think it FELT like we had only a couple feet, didn't it?
02-10-2013 05:32 PM
Nigel
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Nigel, I think it matters where in Spokane you live. I got easily 40" and I just looked up the snowfall records for the national weather service for Veradale and the Feb 2012 report said 37+"? I know I plowed more than 20" last year. Plus, we actually had some colder temps than this year so far. My dad grew up in Noxon, MT which gets massive snowfall (the Cabinet Mts have a big effect on that area) and he said ticks still start early. I think it's how many days of below zeros temps, and how much moisture an area gets. Our springs have been crappy rainy the last few years!

(here's the link for the data for last year, if the little box will link: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/getclimate.php?wfo=otx )
You are correct on the snowfall amounts, I was looking at this link and didn't pay attention to dates Spokane already has more snow than last winter | KREM.com Spokane
whoops!!!

Plowing snow is my winter job and even though they have 37" measured at the airport??? Not sure, forgot to look, I had no problem keeping up my area despite my co worker retiring and the govt processes taking over 3 months to replace him. I ran a fair amount of mag chloride, but the brand new wear bar on my plow still looked brand new at the start of this season. Like you mentioned earlier, it can vary quite a bit from one side of town to the other, a friend of mine lives on Indian trail road had 14" and the same event I had 7 only 1.5 miles away. I've noticed, on the west plains anyways, that I-90 tends to be the dividing line for some events, kind of strange.
02-10-2013 05:28 PM
hattifattener here the peak of tick activity is from March till May.
they may carry Lymes and - even worse - encephalitis.
nasty brain disease.

i remember i was planting trees in forest couple of years ago
during this tick activity period.

when i came home,i caught more than
twenty ticks in my clothes and on my body.

that was fun.

fleas may be annoying in late summer - July - August.
if summer is really hot and dry.
02-10-2013 04:38 PM
RocketDog Dang, too late to edit.

Actually, THIS link is better--it doesn't go by winters as in Nov--March/April, but by year. Both 2011 and 2012 were listed as over 50" of snow. You click the year, then scroll down to the bottom of the report and it will summarize the years totals.

National Weather Service - NWS Spokane
02-10-2013 04:27 PM
RocketDog Ok, that link didn't work to open it up. But if you use this one, picked "archived data", select Februrary of 2012, and "view", it should bring up what I saw.

National Weather Service - NWS Spokane
02-10-2013 04:26 PM
RocketDog Nigel, I think it matters where in Spokane you live. I got easily 40" and I just looked up the snowfall records for the national weather service for Veradale and the Feb 2012 report said 37+"? I know I plowed more than 20" last year. Plus, we actually had some colder temps than this year so far. My dad grew up in Noxon, MT which gets massive snowfall (the Cabinet Mts have a big effect on that area) and he said ticks still start early. I think it's how many days of below zeros temps, and how much moisture an area gets. Our springs have been crappy rainy the last few years!

(here's the link for the data for last year, if the little box will link: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/climate/getclimate.php?wfo=otx )
02-10-2013 03:59 PM
Nigel
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Actually, I've found out the hard way it's March- through an extended heat wave, so about the end of July.

Rocket has gotten ticks in our backyard/back of property at both ends of the spectrum. I used to think it was May/June, and then my dad laughed at me and said "You better start putting tick stuff on him beginning of March". I didn't, but after stepping on a dead one with my sock (and squishing out a bunch of blood : puke: ) that had fallen off him last March, then finding another one on him, you bet I got out the Advantix. I find in heavy seasons, the Advantix only gets him about 2 1/2 weeks effectiveness. I won't dose him more than the instructions say, but it's totally gross and worrisome to pull them off that last 10 days or so.

We don't really have fleas here like other areas, though, so I guess that's something.
We had a pretty mild winter last year, less than 20" of snow locally and above avg temps, so I wouldn't be too surprised to see some early then.

I was watching some natgeo program about moose in the southern area of Idaho and they were examining their health and finding what they were calling "winter ticks" I've never heard of them and was going to look into it, but haven't yet. I've always assumed, incorrectly I guess, that winter was bug free, maybe not.
02-10-2013 03:43 PM
RocketDog
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It is pretty brutal - I pulled off three last night, one this morning and three more just now.

As much as I htated to do it I opened up a preventic collar and stuck it on him. LAST YEAR he only picked up two ticks the whole summer. eeeeeeek. This does not bode well for tick season.

The tick twister is amazing though .... it really DOES pull out the WHOLE tick and very easily. The last three were in that thick ruff of hair right under his jawline.
That's exactly where Rocket always gets them, ugh!!
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