DIY Fly and Insect Deterrent
Flies certainly are annoying little things, especially when they bother you and/or your animals.
One of our family members has horses that are constantly being bothered by flies during the summer. We found a great recipe and asked her to put it to the test! It’s 100% natural, easy to make, it’s much cheaper than the toxic commercial brands and it is also better for the environment.
After Heather’s tried the recipe this was her recommendations.”I’m so happy with it, it worked great! It’s maybe not as strong as commercial brands so just use it more regularly. It is definitely worth it if you think about all of the horrible chemicals you are stopping from getting on your animals, yourself and into the environment. Just apply the spray as needed. Now my horses aren’t bothered from the flies and I don’t have to worry about spraying all those horrible chemicals on them”. Great thanks Heather! She also found another great use for it below!
Home Made Fly/Insect Spray
What You Need
- 500ml Spray Bottle
- 1 cup Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Dish Soap
- 1 teaspoon Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Essential Oil
What To Do:
In an empty spray bottle, add all of the above ingredients. Fill the rest of the bottle up with water and put the sprayer lid back on and give it a shake! Easy, all done! You can use any type of vinegar, organic apple cider vinegar generally smells nicer, but they all do the same job in this case. Before you spray the animal, gently shake the bottle so that all of the ingredients are incorporated. Spray directly on the animal where you want to prevent insects. If you are spraying around eyes, cup your hands over the animal’s eyes to protect them when you spray. The dish soap helps the mix to stick and stay on the animal longer!
Another handy hint from Heather: “The little ants drive me crazy sometimes, they love to get into our horse feed, especially when I mix molasses into it. I found this recipe is also a good solution to that problem. Just spray around the food bowl/container and your animal’s feed will be free of those pesky ants”. Thats great we know that Eucalyptus oil is a deterrent to any insect!
This recipe can also be used on other animals besides horses such as cows, sheep, goats, dogs etc. However dont use it on cats they lick too much.
We are really glad that we can share this recipe with you. It not only works for flies, it will also deter other pesky insects like mosquitoes, fleas, ants.