Avoiding tick bites Public health expert Dr. David Claborn offers some insights. May 28, 2020 by University CommunicationsSpring has sprung and summer is almost here. That means, more ticks are coming out, too. One thing you can do to avoid tick bites is use the right tick repellent. Dr. David Claborn, master of public health program director at Missouri State University, shares with Women’s Health why natural products may not be the best choice.