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Tick information taken from the the Tick Management Handbook by Dr. Kirby Stafford
IT'S TICK SEASON!
WHERE TICKS LIVE:
Warmer spring weather and high moisture conditions bring on population explosions of ticks. If your home borders wooded and heavy vegetation growth areas, ticks may become a problem in the spring and early summer. Heavy tick populated areas are on and around Deer Flat National Wildlife Refuge, near the Boise River, near the Snake River, wooded greenbelt areas, near wildlife management areas such as Wilson Ponds, Roswell Marsh, Caldwell Ponds and any area that has heavy wooded natural landscape bordering the many drains, canals, and irrigation laterals throughout the valley.
PREVENTING TICK BITES:
Stay on trails and paths while walking and hiking.
Wear light colored long pants to easily spot ticks.
Apply insect repellent and/or treat clothing with
apparel registered permithrin insecticide.
Perform a "tick inspection" in front of a full
Remove embedded ticks with tweezers by slowly backing
them out from the skin.
Create tick free zones around your yard by picking up
yard litter and old leaves, pruning overgrown
landscape, storing firewood away from house,and if
necessary apply a tick registered insecticide to
shrubbery and property perimeter landscape.
TICKS of IDAHO:
We have four important species of ticks in Idaho.
* Rocky Mountain Wood Tick
* Brown Dog Tick
* Western Blacklegged Tick
* American Dog Tick
Both male and female ticks bite and are capable of transmitting tick borne diseases.
Rocky Mountain Wood Tick (pictured above)
Most common tick in Idaho.
Immature ticks feed on a variety of small animals such as ground squirrels, chipmunks, meadow mice, woodchucks, and rabbits. Adult Rocky Mountain Wood Ticks feed on larger animals such as cattle, deer, elk, dogs and humans.
Adults become active in March, with peak activity in May and declining activity in July.
The normal life cycle is 2 years. Adults can live more than 60 days without taking a blood meal! The female can lay up to 7000 eggs.
This tick is a vector of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Colorado Tick Fever, Tularemia and Q Fever.
American Dog Tick:
Dogs are preferred host but they also feed on other mammals such as voles, field mice, squirrels, cattle, sheep, horses, and people.
Very active in the spring, starting in March with peak activity in June with a 2 year life cycle from egg, larvae, nymph, and adult. The American Dog Tick can live up to 3 years without feeding!
American Dog Ticks are most numerous along roadsides, paths, marshy areas and trails in brush woodlands or meadows, borders of streams and lakes and open or wooded swamps.
Brown Dog Tick, also known as Kennel Tick
Pictured Male, Female, and Nymphs
Tick is closely associated with yards, homes, kennels, and small animal hospitals where dogs are present, particularity in pet bedding areas.
May be found indoors hiding around baseboards, up walls and easily seeks out protected areas in homes in cracks and crevices, behind picture frames, spaces between walls and wallpaper where they molt and lay eggs.
A female Brown Dog Tick may layup to 300-3000 eggs, with a 2 month life cycle. May be a vector of Rocky Mountain spotted Fever.
Western Blacklegged Tick:
Can be a principle vector of Lime Disease in the Western U.S.
Primarily feeds on Lizards and Wood rat species.
Board of Trustees News
BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING DATES FEBRUARY-DEC 2014
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. AUGUST 19 BUDGET HEARING
. SEPTEMBER 16
. OCTOBER 21
. NOVEMBER 18
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All Board meetings start at 7:00 PM at the District Office located at 9719 Booker Lane (Hwy. 45) Nampa, Idaho.
CHIRONOMID MIDGES (Mosquito Stolen Identity!)
Chironomids are also known as "Non Biting Mosquitoes" which closely resemble a mosquito. In parts of the country and Canada they are known as "Blind Mosquitoes".
When adult Chironomids emerge in high numbers they can become a pest by damaging paint, brick and other porous surfaces with their feces.
Unlike mosquitoes they DO NOT bite people or animals. In the spring and other times of the year when environmental conditions are right around aquatic environments, high numbers of Chironomids can be be mistaken for mosquitoes and generate many service requests.
Pictured Chironomid Midge to the right.