Pine pollen season at Lake Tahoe |

Pine pollen season at Lake Tahoe

Jean Eick
Tribune News Service

Eyes watering, sneezing, and all the typical signs of allergies are not fun. At Lake Tahoe the tree pollen count last week was high so it is no wonder that everyone with allergies is now experiencing signs of allergies with the return of pine pollen to our area.

The green-yellow dust that covers your car or furniture on the deck each morning is pine pollen. Every spring our area is covered with this magic dust and even people that do not have other allergies seem to enjoy some sort of reaction to pine pollen. The wind can help to spread this dust all around and let everyone enjoy its magic. But the highest levels each day are usually in the morning. Sometimes when the wind blows you can actually see the pollen going through the trees.

Living in the forest at Lake Tahoe makes it impossible to avoid the magic pollen dust from covering everything outside but by keeping your windows closed you can at least eliminate having the dust cover your furniture and other household items.

It is recommended to wash your cars often too to remove the dust. Usually the pine pollen settles down by the end of June and will be forgotten again until next spring.

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