Last Friday, the CDC tweeted out a photo of five ticks on top of a poppy seed muffin to prove just how small the bugs can be.
“Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed. Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?” they wrote in their post, with a link to a story on how to prevent tick bites.
Over the course of the next week, the tweet went viral garnering over 1,100 comments, mostly from people who can never look at a poppy seed muffin the same way ever again.
However, Twitter user Nilton Grey pointed out that one photo shouldn’t ruin one of your favorite foods, especially when it shares such important information about why you need to be especially careful when searching yourself and pets for ticks this summer.
The CDC followed up their offending tweet with another message on Monday morning apologizing for ticking some people off (pun very much intended) and for how to avoid tick bites.
While these tweets come with a heavy dose of humor, tick bites are no joke. If you don't catch them and treat them in time, tick bites can cause a variety of illnesses, including Lyme disease. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause arthritis, heart palpitations and shooting pains.
If you notice a bull's eye rash on your skin after being bitten, visit your doctor immediately. But as the CDC pointed out, the best thing do to is prevent yourself from being bitten by a tick in the first place.