Homemade flea repellents are easy to whip up and lower your pet’s – and your family’s – exposure to synthetic insecticides, so why not give them a try?

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1. Lemon spray
1. Lemon spray

Cut 2 peeled lemons (no rind) into small pieces, put the pieces into a saucepan of 1 litre water and boil till pulpy. Remove the pan from the heat and let the mixture stand overnight. Strain the liquid into a spray bottle and spray your dog or cat almost all over, especially under the “armpits”, behind the ears and around the head, taking care to shield the eyes. When you spray at the base of the tail, avoid spraying your pet’s genitals. You can also dip a brush into the mixture, and run it through their coat.

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