Homemade Horse Fly Spray Recipes

  These homemade fly spray recipes are gathered from around the web. Please research and use your own judgment and always check with your vet when in doubt.   Special note: Whenever a fly spray recipe calls for citronella, you should use 100 percent pure citronella oil. It is a plant based product. You should not use citronella oil that is sold for an outdoor torch. That type of oil is petroleum based with a citronella smell.


Skin So Soft Recipes
6 caps full of Skin So Soft
1 cup white vinegar
A good squirt of Ivory liquid soap
Filled 32 oz spray bottle of water
Sprayed it on the horses legs, flies fell DEAD !!!

1 cup vinegar
1 cup baby oil
1/4 cup original Pinesol
1 tbs dish soap
1 tbs Skin So Soft
1 cup water
I used a mixture of half Pinesol and half water. I used it all year last year and it worked wonderful. My horses were never bothered with flies or gnats and their coats were shiny.

4 oz Skin So Soft
1 oz citronella oil
12 oz vinegar
12 oz water
Mix all together and it lasts as long as any of the expensive ones do and smells a ton better! It is also good for their coat.

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!

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.

2 cups white vinegar
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft (Bath oil)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon eucalyptus oil
I have used this mix for years, and it works great. —Laurie LaSalle, Rockin' Tree Ranch

1 oz. Citronella Oil
2 oz. Skin-So-Soft or Coat-So-Soft
1 Cup Cider Vinegar
1 cup Water
Mix in a 20 oz. spray bottle.

Pour six caps full of Skin-So-Soft in a 20 ounce spray bottle, and fill the rest with water. Shake and spray. —Sien Creytens


Best Fly Repellant
submitted by Brianne
Made by Shaklee – BASIC H. It works. You can use it to spray areas where flies breed or congregate; once they have been misted, they can’t fly anymore and die. They hate it, and will not bother or bite horses who have been sprayed with it. You can make a diluted spray with 5-7 parts water and one part Basic H. You can adjust the mixture to suit your area, but trust me, that concentration is plenty strong. You can also use to bathe your horses, yourself and your tack too. PH is in the range of human and horse skin, so it is great for sensitive skinned horses and people. No yucky smell either. Try it once and you will NEVER buy another fly repellent.

You can purchase off the Shaklee website (www.shaklee.com), or from a member or distributor. The price is great too. Buy a gallon and imagine how far it goes – makes about 7 gallons of fly spray. Great price, great product. I began using it at the stables where I board, and the whole stable was using it within the month, and continues to use it even after I brought my horses home.


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. To use gently shake and spray on your horse avoiding his eyes. NOTE: Do not use this spray before a show as it attracts dust.


Quick Fly Spray
18 oz white vinegar
2 Tbsp dish washing soap.
Mix in a 20 oz spray bottle and shake gently until well blended. You may add water to dilute. Spray liberally on your horse


Easy Fly Spray
You can mix seven parts water with one part citronella as a fly spray. It's not oily either. Mix it four parts water to one part citronella during the worst of the fly season.


Extend Your Fly Spray
15 oz water
5 oz commercial fly spray (any brand)
5 oz vinegar
2 oz vegetable oil
2 oz green Dawn dish soap
Mix and use. All natural and will not harm coat. —The Hise Family


Internal Fly Repellants
If your horse is allergic to fly bites, try 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar on their grain once a day. This raises the blood acid level just enough to bother the flies, but it is completely healthy for the horse. It takes about one week to start seeing the effects. Several old timers have told me that they always put vinegar in their horse's drinking water during the summer to repel flies and mosquitoes.

For cheap fly repellent, mix about 1 1/2 cups of plain white vinegar into about every 75 gallons of water in your horse's water tub. If you use this in the water about a week before flies start biting, it will have circulated in your horse and it helps keep flies from biting. —Lindsey


Other Types of Fly Relief
If anyone has problems with flies in the barn, try filling a quart jar with this mixture.
3 cups of water
¼ (one quarter) cup sugar
¼ (one quarter) cup white vinegar
Mix, punch holes in the lid, and set it where needed. It works great. —Toni Auen

Bounce fabric softener sheets -- Next time you go riding tie one to your Horse's headstall and stick one in your back pocket. It works better than ANY fly spray I've ever tried. The flies won't even fly around you. —Susan Cafouras




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