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I've lived in Seattle for almost 20 years now, and have seen a few critters this spring/summer that I haven't encountered in this part of the country until now.

first, tent caterpillars. grew up in NJ and they were a common pest during my youth. never seen them in the PNW until this year. not too bad in the city, yet I saw them literally crawling all over a shoreline on nearby Whidbey Island.

next, ticks. I have never seen one, had one feast on me, nothing - until this spring/summer. I had a really nasty experience with one about a month ago, and saw one crawling on my leg about a week ago. luckily I saw that one in time.

if anyone from the area reads this, I'd be curious if you've seen this also. especially the ticks. i'[ve done plenty of backpacking in the three NPs here, etc without incident. just an unlucky year for me?
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This is a peak year for eastern tent caterpillars here in the midwest, way more than usual, but also a different species then yours. This has also been a bad year for ticks here.

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next, ticks. I have never seen one, had one feast on me, nothing - until this spring/summer. I had a really nasty experience with one about a month ago, and saw one crawling on my leg about a week ago. luckily I saw that one in time.
There are places I have hiked where I average getting a tick every time. San Pedro Park in Pacifica, CA is one such place. Sometimes an hour hike results in five or six ticks already sucking my blood before I even get home to notice them. I do know to check after every hike in some areas, such as there.  I rarely notice them "in time". I simply pull them out very slowly when I get home after  checking for them.

I have had so many ticks that I don't make a big deal out of them. They have not yet caused me any problem and I have had a lot more ticks sucking my blood than I can count.

I have noticed that places with many deer, such as San Pedro Park, have countless ticks everywhere, just like the countless deer there.

OTOH, I have yet to get a single tick from my backpacking trips in the Sierras. At least none that I have noticed.

Other than the slim chance of Lyme disease with some ticks, I just don't think of ticks as that big of a deal.

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