At the end of every winter season and the beginning of summer, everyone is faced with the same issue; insects and pests. These insects are not just stressful on humans but are also very stressful on pets, especially horses. What do you do if you are in a pinch and need a DIY Fly Repellent Spray? Keep Reading to Find 3 Great Recipes.
In the case of horses, flies especially are a very notorious and nasty nuisance. They can cause a whole lot of discomfort to your horses as well as transmitting diseases and through their bites.
This is why, as horse owners, we know that it is important to protect your horses by applying insect repellents on their skin.
Flies are generally attracted to the natural odor that horses emit, and so the work of repellents is to mask this smell, thereby preventing flies from getting attracted.
So let us get started. Here are 3 fantastic and super easy to make horsefly repellent that works.
The first one is a simple one-ingredient recipe. Just one recipe, and that is it. It may not be as amazing as store-bought horsefly sprays, but it is very effective. It is simple apple cider vinegar (ACV). Just pour it into a spray bottle, and you that is it. If you or your horse happens to be sensitive to smell and you find that the smell of ACV affects either one of you, you can simply dilute it halfway with water. However, you should remember that the less ACV you have in your horsefly repellent, the more frequently you should reapply it.
For this next horsefly repellent, you would need to put in a little extra time and effort into finding and mixing the following ingredients:
- About 2 cups of apple cider vinegar
- About 1 Tbs. mineral oil or any other liquid oil
- About ½ Tbs. of liquid dish soap
- About 30 – 40 drops of any or a combination of these oils:
- Lemongrass, lavender, cedarwood, tea tree, eucalyptus, citronella, peppermint, basil, and rosemary
- A suitable spray bottle
All of the ingredients should be mixed together in the spray bottle and shaken properly, and you have your horsefly repellent ready.
The last horsefly repellent recipe is a tad out of the ordinary, but it works just as well. For this recipe, you would need to mix about four parts of any grain alcohol or even water with just one part of lavender oil. This actually works better with the alcohol mixture because the alcohol dries leaving the fragrance of the oil to protect your horse.
When you are testing out a new horsefly spray mixture on your horse, you would want to dilute a little quantity to first test on a small part of your horse to be sure that it is not harmful to your horse.
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