Tick-borne illnesses have increased in Vermont, a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed", the CDC wrote.
Um, that is terrifying.
That tick is well established in both peninsulas according to the MDHHS and is continuing to expand into new areas across the lower peninsula.
"In the nymphal stage we don't actually notice them", said Sampson.
Ticks can spread multiple illnesses, but Lyme disease is the most commonly reported tick-borne disease in MI.
With the rising tick population comes the risk of contracting tickborne illnesses such as Anaplasmosis, Babesiosis and Lyme disease.
If you are one of the unlucky ones to find a tick on your body - check it's not just a poppy seed - the NHS suggests using fine-tipped tweezers to pull it off of your skin.
Perform daily tick checks on yourself, children and pets.
Important issue, but I think this photo tweet probably sounded better in the meeting.
"Good job. You ruined muffins", wrote one person.
But, the CDC does have a sense of humor, and they tweeted a amusing follow-up to their poppyseed muffin pic.
The CDC posted a tongue-in-cheek apology a few days later saying "sorry we ticked some of you off". Well played, CDC. Well played. "Don't let a tick bite ruin your summer".