Safe “Homemade” Fly Sprays ~ Part I

Safe Homemade Fly Sprays ~ Part 1
1 cup of Ivory liquid dish detergent mixed with one gallon of water.
Put the solution into a spray bottle.
When you see the horse flies during the day, spray them with the solution.
The soap mixture suffocates the flies, and it’s organic, therefore not harmful to pets, animals and vegetation.

Combine mint flavored mouthwash, lemon dish soap and lemon ammonia in equal parts.
Put the mixture into a spray bottle and spray your yard.
Spray it on the grass, bushes, trees, lawn furniture and plants.
*This solution is also not harmful to plants or animals.
**The smell is appealing to humans but repels horse flies.

Homemade Fly Trap
2 cups water
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup vinegar
Mix ingredients to make fly bait. Cut a plastic 2 liter soda bottle 1/4 down from the top. Invert top portion into bottom portion. Punch 4 holes at top, tie string (twine) to hold both portions together and hang. Add fly bait & hang at your barn. Dispose of entire container when full of flies. The longer this hangs the worse it smells and the more flies are attracted to it.
Homemade Fly Paper
2 C. milk
2 T. black pepper
2 T. white sugar
2 T. brown sugar
Brown paper bags, cut into strips. Boil milk, pepper, and sugar together for 5 minutes. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes longer, until thickened, and then let cool.
Wind the brown paper strips into a tight roll and drop them into the milk mixture. Let them become completely saturated. Rewind the strips gently and let them air dry on a cookie sheet. They are ready to hang when they are sticky to the touch.
To use, suspend the strips up and out of the way wherever flies are a problem.
CAUTION: Keep the strips away from young children, especially after they are covered with flies.
Fly Repellent
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft (Bath oil)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon eucalyptus oil

Fly Control
An easy do it yourself fly spray that is relatively inexpensive.
2 cups light mineral oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tsp. citronella oil
2 tsp. eucalyptus oil
2 tsp. lemon dish detergent
Mix in a spray bottle
Wipe on your horses, including the belly area and let your horse roll in sand, dust, mud which adds more natural and long lasting protection.
This spray will attract dust. So don’t use it before a show.
Cleaning Products
A number of homemade fly control recipes call for household cleaning items such as dish soap, detergent and lemon scented wood cleaners. While some of these products may be effective at killing flies, they are not intended to be left on an animal’s skin. Consult your veterinarian before using any products (natural or otherwise) on your horse. Some horses suffer from allergies and could experience negative side effects. Homemade fly and mosquito remedies will vary in effectiveness.

Use plant-based citronella, not the petroleum-based oil that is generally used for Tiki Torches!