DIY Natural Fly Sprays


Hi! My name is Casie Bazay. I'm a mom, a freelance writer, and a certified equine acupressure practitioner.

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  1. gail says:

    I have had problems with the oils clogging or deteriorating my sprayer mechanisms. I have tried several different brands of spray bottles, and always “heavy duty”. has anyone found a solution to this, rather than throwing sprayers away and starting with new ones, it defeats the purpose of trying to save money and the environment. thanks for any input anyone can offer…

    • Clissa says:

      re the clogging spray head. I have heard that the use of a few drops of hand wash or dish wash detergent will help to keep the oils in suspension so they don’t clog the sprayer.
      I think the side benefit is that it also helps the oils stay on the horse longer although rain would wash it off just as quickly.

  2. In the anti-fly wars please don’t forget free ranging chickens. Eggs are side benefit. If there are ticks in the area Guinnies (sp) are well worth the investment.

  3. Daniel says:

    I’ve used fly predators (wasps) from both Spalding and Arbico and they are a fantastic way to keep the fly population down. It gets better with time. They don’t kill the flies you see but the wasps lay their eggs in the fly larvae so that they never hatch. It costs me, roughly, $16 a month for five horses. I’d spend a lot more than that in fly spray. Though I still like to spray the horses with something since the predators aren’t 100% effective.
    Some of these formulas look interesting and should smell great.
    The one negative note here is the ‘GMO bad, organic good’ crowd. My guess is there isn’t an organic chemist in the lot nor a biologist. These cultural memes get started for all sorts of reasons but science and truth isn’t one of them. That sort of shallow, ignorant thinking was behind the ban of DDT and responsible for the deaths of millions of people as a result of that, from malaria.
    Every time I’ve challenged someone who hews to that line to provide me with evidence to back up what they are saying I get the sales brochure from some environmental organization pushing an agenda based on propaganda and junk science. People have a right to purchase the products they want and a right to be as ignorant about biology and chemistry as they want. But ‘GMO bad, Organic good’ is not just ignorant but downright silly.

  4. Rhonda says:

    Where do you find the citronella essential oil. Thanks

  5. Lisa says:

    I have found that (rose)geranium essential oil attracts bees. Just FYI. I personally have not used it in a fly spray blend yet, only because everytime that I use that specific oil on me, the bees are always buzzing around me.

    Looking forward to making some of these recipes thus year though, I love using the ACV!

  6. Julia says:

    I will try some of these. Please add me to your newsletter list.

    • Casie says:

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  7. Marise says:

    Thank you for this blog, and the natural fly spray recipes. I look forward to trying out a few.

  8. Cindy Daly says:

    I was told that it is very bad to ingest the essential oils(horses grooming each other) and you should not mix essential oils with water only oils because oil and water doesn’t mix together, is this not true?

    • Casie says:

      It’s true that there are certain essential oils which aren’t safe to ingest, but others can actually be given internally (always consult a professional before giving any oil internally though). I’ve used my citronella oil recipe for years and have never had an issue with it. The way I see it, I’d rather use a fly spray with essential oils than one with permethrin which is known to be fatal to fish and cats. Also, I don’t use water in my fly spray, but I know many people who do. I would just shake it each time before using.

  9. Lynda Cushman says:

    FYI- A friendly reminder- Be very careful if you are showing your horse at a USEF/USDF show they random “drug test’ and many of these ingredients are forbidden. Don’t rely on the “on line” list. Email them. Happy horsing around!

  10. Reka says:

    Hi, does anyone have an effective method against horse flies? Can be internal or topical or whatever. Thanks.

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