Warm weather is here! Hallelujah!! With the warmth comes green pastures for the horses, an abundance of bugs and worms for the chickens, sunshine for the garden, long days for work and play, and…flies. Don’t forget the flies. Who can forget the flies?! If you’ve read my blog before, you’ll remember how much I detest those little things. They serve a purpose – outside. However, they find their way into my kitchen and buzz their nasty little wings around my head and my food….I digress.
Flies are usually abundant in the barn and coop. They can be irritating to your animals – horses, dogs, cows, chickens, you name it. I am not a fan of using chemical filled products on the animals that provide my food, let me ride them or snuggle up with me on the couch. Ick! Yuck! No thank you!
Enter this homemade fly spray. Made with ingredients that harness the power of nature – essential oils. There are oils that flies don’t like and you’d better believe I am all about that, baby!
One note I’d like to make: We use this fly spray on all of our horses. All of them are fine with it, except for one. He immediately goes to roll in the dirt when he is sprayed. So, I would suggest testing it on your horses to see how they react before you saddle them up to ride. You definitely don’t want to spray a horse, saddle it up, and have it roll on you then. Always use caution when adding new things to your animals’ routines.
Homemade Fly Spray
(This recipe will fill a 32 oz. spray bottle)
- 4 cups vinegar (distilled or apple cider vinegar)
- 1 Tbsp. dish soap (a natural one like this or homemade)
- 30 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 15 drops of lemongrass oil
- 15 drops of melaleuca (tea tree) oil
- Spray bottle
Pour all of the ingredients into your spray bottle and shake to mix. Simple as that! Now you’re armed and ready for battle.
Note: I’ve listed my favorite oil blend, however, there are many different oils you can use that repel flies: basil, rosemary, peppermint (also good for repelling spiders and mice), clove, citronella, geranium, lavender, lemon, thyme. Mix and match them until you find your favorite blend.
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