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Looks like this spring is going to be a tick-fest in Henry Coe so watch out. Did Flat Frog>Middle Ridge> Creekside>China Hole yesterday and when we got back to the parking lot found four on me, one already stuck in. Found another one happily sucking my blood when I got home :cryin:. Couldn't believe there were so many so early in the year. Heck, it's the middle of winter. Anybody else getting them already? Also is it normal for the bite to be sore?
 

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I pulled one from my buttcheek yesterday, two days after a Coe ride. It was sore last night, but today I hardly noticed it. I don't know how the little bugger got there since I was wearing bib shorts and knee warmers. It has a lot of lycra to crawl through to get there.
 

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Fall/winter is when they come out - after the first rain. Some people who only ride Coe in the summer have never even seen ticks there! It's normal for loads of ticks all winter and spring.

And a sore bite area is normal. I had one on me for 2 days on a winter climbing trip in southern Nevada, and I didn't find it since I thought it was elbow tendonitis and it was cold so I didn't check under my sweatshirt. I pulled it cleanly, but the bite was sore for at least a week.
 

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Yer all gonna die from Lyme disease or worse.............borreliosis,

oh wait......it's a tick. Pull it off

Cheers !

....flame on
 

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I got 19 on me on a ride there once. Actually my only ride there. The four other guys and one gal with shaved legs collectively had far fewer than my total. Gotta be something in that.
 

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Yep, I pulled one out as well. Nasty red ring - about dime size - and still some itching after 5 days.
 

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Wow, I never realized they were so active in the winter. Does it seem like there's more this year or is this normal? In any case I'll be sure to take a DEET bath before my next Coe ride. I freakin hate those things. Not so much worried about Lyme disease but they give me the creeps.
 

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Nasty buggers!

That's probably the only thing I hate about Coe. Try to pull them out as cleanly as you can. I got careless once and I'm still paying for it. Got one attach to my side at Oat Hill last November. The doctor had to core out the tissue at the bite site with a punch biopsy a month later because the inflammation won't go away. The little scar still itches occasionally to this day.
 

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Tick rain

Will never forget my first ride at Coe (Spring, many years back) We found at least 20 ticks on each leg -in the first half hour of riding.

Found one on my knee as I was driving home. Tried to pluck it (one hand on the wheel) but it just laughed & JUMPED OFF. And they can live for a long time in a nice warm vehicle.
 

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They just want to hit some single track like us, I don’t see the big deal.

It seems they like certain areas, maybe south facing hill sides? Cullen Trail is really bad.
 

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I spent the better part of the day in Coe on Sunday, with occasional off trail excursions, climbing on rocks, chasing butterflys... not a single tick. I saw a coyote, a bobcat, pigs, a couple buckeyes, many deer, and more newts than I bothered to count. But no ticks.

Some people are just tick magnets.
 

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It is a good idea to save the Tick and ice it. Take a picture of the bite site and note the time and date. Monitor it. If you get a red ring that expands out from the bite site (it takes days as I understand it) then go see a doctor with the tick, they can test it for Lymes.
 

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I spent the better part of the day in Coe on Sunday, with occasional off trail excursions, climbing on rocks, chasing butterflys... not a single tick. I saw a coyote, a bobcat, pigs, a couple buckeyes, many deer, and more newts than I bothered to count. But no ticks.

Some people are just tick magnets.
What route did you take?
 

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Me and my dog got one each from hiking around Arascadero. Staying on the paths, and I didn't let the dog wander off into the grass while being on leash the whole time.
 

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Yep me & my bro were there 2 weeks ago - felt a tickle in the arm hair & flicked it away. Then looked down and 2-3 on each leg, writhing around in the fuzz. I think the leg hair is a good thing - you feel the tickle when they get trapped in it. FYI they all hit on the Cullen trail, going down that grassy open side of the mtn, we must've picked up at least 20 on each of us - they all live in there it seemed. Grizzly Gulch, nothing.
 
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