Safe HomeMade Fly Sprays ~ Part II

Safe “HomeMade” Fly Sprays ~ Part II

 

Safe Homemade Fly Sprays ~ Part II

Safe Spray

Avon ‘Skin So Soft’ Bath Oil
Mix 3 parts water to 1 part Avon’s skin-so-soft in a spray bottle. Spray liberally on your horse. This also softens his coat.
Avon Skin So Soft is an ingredient in a number of homemade fly and mosquito repellents,
You may opt to mix in two or three tablespoons of citronella oil, but you must use the plant-based citronella, not the petroleum-based oil used for tiki torches.

Reminder – Consult your vet and use at your own risk.

Fly Repellent Mixture
1 oz. Citronella Oil
2 oz. Skin-So-Soft (Avon) or Coat-So-Soft (Rio Vista)
1 Cup Cider Vinegar
1 cup Water
Mix in a 20 oz. spray bottle.
Reminder – Consult your vet and use at your own risk.

U.S. Forest Service Bug Spray Recipe
1 cup water
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil
2 cups vinegar
1 tbs. Eucalyptus oil (found in health food stores)
Optional: few tablespoons of citronella oil.
Shake spray bottle well before spraying on horse, human or dog!
Reminder – Consult your vet and use at your own risk.

Citrus Insect Repellant Spray
2 cups light mineral oil
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tsp. citronella oil
2 tsp. eucalyptus essential oil
2 tsp. lemon dish soap
Combine all ingredients in a spray bottle. Label the bottle. To use gently shake and spray on your horse avoiding his eyes.
Do not use this spray before a show as it attracts dust.
Reminder – Consult your vet and use at your own risk.

Trying to keep flies and mosquitoes away from your horses can be frustrating and expensive as you try product after product. Many horse owners are hesitant to spray chemicals all over their horses’ skin day after day to keep bugs away. There are a number of different home remedies you can use to repel flies and reduce your horse’s risks of experiencing mosquito-borne diseases. For best results, you may want to try or combine several different home-made repellents.
Lemon and Rosemary
Purchase a large lemon with as thick a rind as you can find. Slice it into very thin slices. Put the lemon in a bowl along with some rosemary leaves. Boil several cups of water and then pour into bowl. Leave the mixture sitting for 12 hours, then strain and put into a spray bottle. Shake before applying to horse.
Garlic
Garlic has long been used for keeping flies and other pests away from your horse and your barn. Mixing garlic in with your horses feed is a common long-term home remedy for keeping pests, especially flies, off of horses. Hanging cloves of garlic in barns may also reduce the number of flies that come into your barn. You can create a garlic spray by mixing garlic with water and putting it into a spray bottle for external use on horses’ skin.

WARNING!
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 used for tiki torches.