Shoo fly don’t bother me…
Fly season is coming or may already be happening where you live. Those pesky bugs irritate and distract our horses and dogs. Not to mention, it hurts when they bite. Depending on where you live you may encounter biting black flies, horse flies, or the evil deer flies.
Natural Fly Repellent
The store bought fly repellents contain chemicals that smell harsh, and get absorbed by your skin. If you are looking for a healthier more natural solution, look no further. Here are five easy to make fly sprays that you can spray on your horse, dog, and yourself without worrying about harmful chemicals. When a fly swatter or tail are not enough, try one of these.
APPLE CIDER VINEGAR Natural FLY SPRAY
This fly spray combines things you may already have in your pantry. To start you will need an empty spray bottle. *Warning: you will smell like a walking bottle of vinegar, but it works.
apple cider vinegar
10 drops tea tree oil
15 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops vegetable glycerin
Fill the spray bottle 2/3rd full of vinegar. Fill the rest with water, leaving a little room at the top for essential oils. This combination works well for deer flies as well as others. This recipe was posted on Countryfolk Keepsakes.
NATURAL FLY SPRAY
Unbridled Companion shared this natural recipe. It looks like apple cider vinegar makes the perfect base. Be sure to store the fly spray in a cool dark place because it contains essential oils.
4 cups apple cider vinegar
15 drops Lavender
15 drops Peppermint
15 drops Eucalyptus
2 tablespoons Olive Oil (you can use another carrier oil)
A splash of dish soap (I use Dawn)
HOMEMADE Natural FLY Repellent SPRAY RECIPE
This concoction can be used on farm animals as well. Our Simple Homestead shares this recipe.
1 32 oz spray bottle
4 cups water
1 ml vitamin E oil
2 ml glycerin
20 ml geranium oil
5 ml lemongrass oil
6 ml citronella oil
5 ml rosemary oil
8 ml clove oil
5 ml cedar oil
1 ml thyme oil
Mix all ingredients and shake well before using.
HOMEMADE FLY SPRAY
Little House Living shared this DIY recipe.
16 oz Spray Bottle
1/4 cup Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Dish Soap
30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
Fill the remainder of the bottle with water and shake well before applying.
NATURAL DIY FLY Repellent SPRAY
Weed’em and Reap posted this recipe on their blog.
1 cup of apple cider vinegar
1 cup water
20 drops of doTERRA’s essential oil blend Terrashield
Mix all of the ingredients in a spray bottle and shake before use.
Alternatives To Natural Repellents & Sprays
Aside from spraying your horse, you can use a fly veil that covers the ears and top of your horse’s head while riding. Of course, there are the fly masks, fly blankets, and fly boots.
Stable Flies Repellent
To reduce flies in the barn, you can use the good old sticky fly strips, or you can buy fresh eucalyptus or rosemary sprigs and hang in the barn. The smell is amazing but flies do not like it. Just be sure to keep them out of reach of your horse’s mouth. With all the options out there, hopefully you can find a natural one for your family.
Andrea Powell is an animal enthusiast that resides in West Michigan. When not writing, she is exploring the great outdoors with her dogs and horses.
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