Home Made Fly Repellent

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Obsession of Equine, Jan 10, 2009.

  1. Obsession of Equine

    Obsession of Equine Active Member

    After spending lots of $$ already on repellent this fly season I am hoping someone can share their receipie for their own successful and safe fly repellent.
  2. raindear

    raindear Well-known Member

    equal parts good quality baby oil, detol & Vinigar (either white or apple cider)
    works a treat**)**)
  3. Eoroe

    Eoroe Gold Member

    Your a legend Raindeer **) **) **) **)
    .....and so are you obsession of equine for askin the question :)

    (so far the flys around here seem to thrive on citronella......)
  4. beagle

    beagle Well-known Member

    what about equal parts citronella oil,metho & castor/olive oil - works well for dogs' ears.Pop into a 500ml spray bottle the proverbial Robert is your mother's brother.:))
  5. Obsession of Equine

    Obsession of Equine Active Member

    That's great, thanks heaps raindear, the best thing is I have all those ingredients here at home without having to pull my purse out again!! Yay. I'll give it a go! :))
  6. Horsetalk

    Horsetalk Well-known Member

    Careful with the oil, it can easy burn your horse. ;)
  7. Cornish Pixie

    Cornish Pixie Active Member

    I use an old spray bottle, fill third with white vinegar, good squeeze of lemon washing up detergent or whatever you have handy and fill remainder of bottle with cold water. Works wonders on pony and me! :)*
  8. jonty

    jonty Well-known Member

    1/3 apple cider vinegar
    1/3 citronella oil
    1/3 water
  9. Totally andie and standie

    Totally andie and standie Well-known Member

    Hi try this website it has some recipes for spray to keep those pesky flies AWAY!!!! Homemade Fly Sprays!
  10. JustJam

    JustJam Well-known Member

    Good one! :))
  11. Obsession of Equine

    Obsession of Equine Active Member

    Fantastic, what a great response, thanks everyone.
    Jonty I remember you told me your receipe at the brookleigh x-country but I couldn't remember the vital third ingredient! Cheers :))
  12. Obsession of Equine

    Obsession of Equine Active Member

    That's a good point, too much baby oil and he will bake.
  13. jonty

    jonty Well-known Member

    That is why it is mixed with apple cider vinegar and water to tone it down!

    I have also used straight citronella oil on my boy because he tough!!! (thats what he keeps telling me anyway! ha ha)
  14. Cass25

    Cass25 Active Member

    Gosh there are some clever people on here**)
    Might have to try out some of these Fly Sprays, theres just tonnes of flies at our place!
  15. Obsession of Equine

    Obsession of Equine Active Member


    I am having trouble finding citronella oil, all i can find is the one for lamps, which is only 3% citronella. I bought some citronella concentrate, would this be safe to use?

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