‘It’s disgusting I still feel them crawling’: Hundreds of baby ticks ambush NC man

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. (WFMY) — Ryan Root says he was walking through Northeast Park, as he normally does, on his way to fish with a buddy. 

But about 15 minutes into their fishing trip, they felt some creepy crawlers.

“I was like, ‘Oh my god I can’t believe these tiny little things are ticks,'” Root said. “Then when you see them crawling up your leg and you just feel it…I still can’t sleep well. I feel them crawling on me all the time. It’s horrible, they’re disgusting.”

He says he rushed home, covered himself in Vaseline, and his girlfriend helped pick them off with tweezers. Hundreds of them. Maybe even a thousand, he said. 

Root noticed they were much smaller than your average tick, and even mistook them for freckles at first. Then he thought…

“Wait…I don’t have freckles?!”

WFMY News 2 spoke with McNeely Pest Control about the tiny “Seed Tick.”

“You would normally think of a big tick crawling on you, you don’t look at these small things and think ‘I have a tick on me,’ and that’s problematic sometimes,” Frank Fowler with McNeely Pest Control said.

Tick bites can lead to some serious illnesses, including Lyme Disease. 

The Guilford County Department of Public Health says the county has had eight confirmed Lyme Disease cases since 2016.

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