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Old 06-26-2021, 12:01 AM
 
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Hi all,

Many aspects of the Bitterroot Valley draw me to it. I am personally enchanted by the people and the gorgeous terrain. Though, like all places, I hear there are a few downsides. Usually people mention the fires, smoke, cold dreary winters, low income... etc, but I have not heard anyone talk about ticks.

I was recently doing some research, and it sounds like the Bitterroot has a serious tick problem. As I am an outdoors enthusiast and horse/dog owner, I am curious if this has been an issue for anyone. Are they a terrible problem? Do people who enjoy the outdoors get tick bites every season or have to check themselves for ticks every time they go out? How do the animals fare? Do you have to wear repellent, pants, and treat your property? I would love to hear your personal experiences and thoughts! I am particularly curious about the Florence/Stevensville area, but would also love to hear about mountain trails and the Bitterroot as a whole. Thanks!
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Old 06-26-2021, 01:03 AM
 
Location: North Dakota
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Hi all,

Many aspects of the Bitterroot Valley draw me to it. I am personally enchanted by the people and the gorgeous terrain. Though, like all places, I hear there are a few downsides. Usually people mention the fires, smoke, cold dreary winters, low income... etc, but I have not heard anyone talk about ticks.

I was recently doing some research, and it sounds like the Bitterroot has a serious tick problem. As I am an outdoors enthusiast and horse/dog owner, I am curious if this has been an issue for anyone. Are they a terrible problem? Do people who enjoy the outdoors get tick bites every season or have to check themselves for ticks every time they go out? How do the animals fare? Do you have to wear repellent, pants, and treat your property? I would love to hear your personal experiences and thoughts! I am particularly curious about the Florence/Stevensville area, but would also love to hear about mountain trails and the Bitterroot as a whole. Thanks!
Ticks are the least of your concerns. That last sentence on your first paragraph should be your #1 concern. Wear repellant and check for ticks when you get home just like anywhere else.
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Old 06-26-2021, 02:10 AM
 
Location: San Francisco
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A vetenarian might also be a good source of info.
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Old 06-26-2021, 05:27 AM
 
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Warm winters contribute to the problem. Wear light coloured clothing and use repellents. And if you find one in your hairy parts - remove it completely.
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Old 06-28-2021, 10:21 AM
 
Location: sitka, Alaska
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I lived up Bear Creek outside of Victor. Ticks were thick up there.
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Old 07-02-2021, 10:56 AM
 
Location: sitka, Alaska
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I was asked when I left Sitka--we haven't! Been here a decade. No ticks here!
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Old 07-04-2021, 03:02 PM
 
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I was asked when I left Sitka--we haven't! Been here a decade. No ticks here!
Only state I'd consider living in!
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Old Today, 10:33 PM
 
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my wife is a Lyme specialist in the Flathead ... tick-borne disease is everywhere - it's a pandemic that nobody talks about because it's often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, not to mention 'censored' among big insurance providers and Western medicine in general

With milder Winters, the ticks are active year 'round ... she has patients here who were finding ticks during Winter, either on them, or spotting them crawling on the snow. She's had patients tell her about ticks 'raining from the trees' in the woods. And I asked her, are there ticks in Alaska? She laughed and was like, "you're kidding right?! Of course there are!!"

Permethrin is your friend ... buy it, and use it every time you go out.
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