In addition to Lyme disease, it is reported that “local” ticks now also carry other serious, health-endangering pathogens. Deer ticks are known to carry Babesiosis (which kills red blood cells), Anaplasmosis and relapsing fever (cause fever, chills, severe head and muscle aches), Ehrlichiosis (attacks white blood cells), and Powassain fever (causes vomiting, loss of coordination, speech difficulties, and seizures). Testing has not shown any natural products to be effective. Instead, use established, effective skin repellents like DEET or picaridin and permethrin. Wear light colored clothing and for check for ticks after every outdoor activity. Throwing clothes into the dryer for 20 minutes will also kill any ticks you brought in with you.