It’s a hot humid day and you’ve spent hours walking through the woods, brushing up again shrubs and foliage while scouting sites for opening day. You come inside to change and see a little something on your ankle.
Is it a freckle you didn’t notice before? One that wasn’t there a few hours ago? It looks a little bit like a poppy seed, but it isn’t falling off. The next day it’s still there, so you take a closer look and see that it has eight legs and a head embedded in your skin. This little beast has been feeding on you for a day and you didn’t feel a thing.
BY DR. SARAH ZOHDY, AUBURN UNIVERSITY