If you are anything like the rest of the world, you love muffins and despise ticks. Chances are, until now you’ve never even thought of the two at one time.
Just a few days ago the CDC took the time to inform the masses that some ticks are pretty damn small but they went above and beyond to do so. They tweeted a photo of a muffin with the caption “Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed. Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo? Learn how to prevent tick bites.” Yep, needless to say, this has the internet going nuts.
— CDC (@CDCgov) May 4, 2018
It seems there are more ticks than usual in current times which is alarming considering there have also been at least nine new germs spread by mosquitoes and ticks discovered since 2004. Ticks can cause some nasty issues and even without the risks of Lyme disease or reverse zombie-ism the thought of something latching on to your body and sucking your blood just doesn’t seem appealing now, does it?
According to the CDC, we should avoid direct contact with ticks by not going on brushy areas with high grass and use proper repellents. During these warmer months, we should be extra cautious as ticks are most active during them. There are different kinds of ticks and you can click here to see which kinds are most common in your area.
The CDC says you should do as follows in order to ensure you find any ticks that may be on or end up on your body:
Bathe or shower as soon as possible after coming indoors (preferably within two hours) to wash off and more easily find ticks that are crawling on you.
Conduct a full-body tick check using a hand-held or full-length mirror to view all parts of your body upon return from tick-infested areas. Parents should check their children for ticks under the arms, in and around the ears, inside the belly button, behind the knees, between the legs, around the waist, and especially in their hair.
Examine gear and pets. Ticks can ride into the home on clothing and pets, then attach to a person later, so carefully examine pets, coats, and day packs.
Tumble dry clothes in a dryer on high heat for 10 minutes to kill ticks on dry clothing after you come indoors.
If the clothes are damp, additional time may be needed.
If the clothes require washing first, hot water is recommended. Cold and medium temperature water will not kill ticks effectively. If the clothes cannot be washed in hot water, tumble dry on low heat for 90 minutes or high heat for 60 minutes. The clothes should be warm and completely dry.
So, did you spot all the ticks on the muffin or were you stumped? I was completely grossed out, so much that finding those tiny critters was no longer possible for me. Be safe during these warmer months and pay attention to your body, ticks are a very real problem and can cause some big issues with your health.