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The Week of Monday, August 6

Most commercial flea and tick sprays contain carbaryl, which works by attacking pests' nervous systems. But carbaryl also can harm developing fetuses in both animals and humans. Fortunately, there are less-toxic alternatives. Natural bug repellents often contain essential oils like geranium, citronella and lavender. Check out these recipes from Wellness Mama to make your own or read Beyond Pesticides' report on preventing tick bites.