Human flea repellent

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Human flea repellent
Flea repellents will help keep the fleas off of you. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

A flea's first choice for a host is your pet, however, fleas are known to bite humans. Knowing a few flea repellent options which are safe for you will help you repel fleas while you are outside.

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Commercial Versus Homemade

Deciding between a commercial and homemade repellent is easier when you know the main difference. Repellents bought in stores usually contain harsh chemicals to get rid of the fleas, while homemade varieties make use of natural ingredients.

Commercial Methods

The most common active ingredient in flea repellents you buy in the store is DEET. DEET is believed to be safe for use around children and pets. However, as with any chemical, care should be taken to avoid ingestion.

Homemade Methods

For a non-toxic option, mix together essential oils with water and spray the resulting mixture on your body. Both lavender and peppermint are effective essential oils for flea repellents.

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