On Friday, the CDC proved this point by posting a photo of a seemingly innocuous and delicious-looking poppy seed muffin.
"Ticks can be the size of a poppy seed".
On Sunday, the CDC apologized for forever ruining poppy seed muffins for some - but maintained its warning about the seriousness of tick bites.
You can submit ticks to MDHHS for identification and possible Lyme disease testing, free of charge.
According to the CDC, Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne diseases and in 2016, Vermont had the second highest rate of reported Lyme disease cases in the U.S.
It was meant to raise awareness about how small ticks are.More news: Melania Trump unveils her Stage
However, this is not just any muffin.
What may have seemed like a clever tweet to warn people about ticks, quickly backfired.
Other people felt like the CDC's message wasn't very clear.
The replies, many revolted, continued - some 900 in all - and the CDC issued a tick-in-cheek apology on Monday: "Sorry we ticked some of you off!"
Summer is just around the corner and a new study suggest pet owners are not prepared for the dangers of fleas and ticks. But the question "Can you spot all 5 ticks in this photo?" struck people as a little hostile, and perhaps even like a veiled threat.