Saturday, June 6, 2020

From the Archive: The scourge of ticks

tick next to dime‘Tis the season to hit the trails. At the same time, all outdoor enthusiasts hope to avoid the worst of all biting insects: The tick.

Here are a few selections from the Almanack archive that address these most-maligned insects:

From 2017: In a personal take on ticks, Tim Rowland writes: “I’d always viewed ticks as benign, but now I have to put them into that “one more thing to worry about” category, which is already quite an overcrowded field. After a recent hike in Essex County I picked two of the bastards off of me, and of course it happened in the middle of the night when everything seems more dramatic than it is. So where previously, I would never have given it a second thought, I instead lied awake for an hour wondering, ‘Am I doomed?'”

Read more:

Also from 2017: An overview of Professor Lee Ann Sporn’s Adirondack tick research.

You can read Sporn’s latest findings on the rise of another tick-borne illness in the Adirondack Explorer:

From five years ago: Paul Hetzler gives an overview of ticks and some tips for avoiding them:

Everyone has their own practices for avoiding tick contact, but this article about permithrin posted last month to the Almanack was widely shared on the web:

Stay safe out there!




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Melissa is a journalist with experience as a reporter and editor with the Burlington Free Press, Ithaca Journal and Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. She worked as a communications specialist for the Adirondack North Country Association and is currently digital editor for Adirondack Explorer, overseeing both the Explorer's website and its community forum the Adirondack Almanack. She enjoys hiking, camping and other outdoors activities, and spending time with her husband, their twin daughters, and rescue animals -- two dogs and two cats.


One Response

  1. Ethan says:

    Thank you for this info which I will add to my “Lyme Info“ file.
    One thing though – the tick carrying Lyme bacterium are technically referred to as Black-Legged ticks, not “deer ticks” although it is a commonly used misnomer.
    The Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook NY has been researching these ticks for years, so readers might find the link below to be informative. Important to note that predator species, both avian and mammalian, play important roles in the management of ticks. Let’s appreciate our owls, wild foxes, coyotes and opossums!

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