About Gwendolyn Craig

Gwen is an award-winning journalist covering environmental policy for the Explorer since January 2020. She also takes photos and videos for the Explorer's magazine and website. She is a current member of the Legislative Correspondents Association of New York. Gwen has worked at various news outlets since 2015. Prior to moving to upstate New York, she worked for a D.C. Metro-area public relations firm, producing digital content for clients including the World Health Organization, the Low Income Investment Fund and Rights and Resources Initiative. She has a master's degree in journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She has bachelor's degrees in English and journalism, with a concentration in ecology and evolutionary biology, from the University of Connecticut. Gwen is also a part-time figure skating coach. Contact her at (518) 524-2902 or gwen@adirondackexplorer.org. Sign up for Gwen’s newsletter here.

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  1. allan says

    I Canada the tick population is growing.
    I find threw use of my own, Permethrin is the BEST solution for prevention of Lyme disease. I soak my clothes in 0.5% solution and Im good for 6 weeks or 6 washes.
    Low toxicity to humans once dry but ticks avoid you or they DIE it also reduces the mosquitoes landing on you.
    I buy mine from the kore garden, they ship anywhere in Canada.
    Enjoy the outdoors and stay safe

  2. Alice Knight says

    I was tested for Lyme and results were negative, is there a separate test for Anaplasmosis? My dog tested positive for Anaplasmosis last year.

  3. Vanessa says

    Excellent article, Gwen! People definitely need to be aware of ticks and tick-borne illness. Though having grown up in the mid-Atlantic, and also having lived in CT – I have to admit, the North Country still has far, far fewer ticks than the rest of the Northeast. (This is only my personal experience, however!)

    I have read that if you remove an attached tick quickly, like within a few hours of finding it, even up to a day, your chances of an infection of any disease are quite low.

    Unfortunately, you’re correct that the nymphs are dangerous because they’re so tiny. All three of my relatives who have had Lyme (2 in CT, one in NJ) did not see the bite that caused it.

  4. nathan says

    growing up in washington county, we would go out hunting and hiking constantly and we never found ticks on ourselves, but over the last 20 years that has changed from finding 1-2 to now sometimes 15-20 ticks. now we take off outer cloths and leave out side or put in bags, wash/dry. always strip and buddy check for ticks, then shower, lather hair and leave soapy for 5 minutes, dry comb well…
    Ticks are now a major issue in numbers and deseases. be careful

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