We pride ourselves in providing the most accurate pollen count to the Treasure Valley and work hard every day to achieve this. We have a collecting system that sits above the heart of the valley on the rooftop of St. Luke’s in Meridian. This allows us to collect a sample of pollens that exemplifies the diverse flora in our communities which includes Boise, Meridian, Nampa, Eagle and Caldwell. Our region has a diverse number of plants that produce pollens which can cause allergy and asthma symptoms such as itchy eyes, runny or stuffy nose and troubles breathing.
We have 100’s of species of trees and a large number of different weeds, most importantly sagebrush, which covers our valley floors. We also see high pollen counts of meadow grasses that we grow to feed animals plus grasses that beautify our parks and lawns. As you can see, we have a lot of different pollens that are in our air.
We utilize the latest, up-to-date technology to collect pollen that is nationally recognized using a device called a Rotorod. The Rotorod sampler collects pollen by rotating rods which are coated with an adhesive. It is a very efficient and effective way of collecting pollen. We then take these samples and by using microscopy, identify the different pollen grains. This is very meticulous work and requires a trained eye. We strive to provide an accurate pollen count at least 3 times a week.
The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology provides a course to become a certified pollen counter for the National Allergy Bureau (NAB). The NAB is an Aeroallergen Network responsible for reporting current pollen and mold spore counts. The NAB provides the most accurate and reliable pollen and mold counts throughout the United States.