DIY Natural Fly Sprays
A couple years ago, I stopped buying fly sprays. It wasn’t because I didn’t need them, but instead because I wanted to avoid the chemicals that many sprays contain–plus save a little money. So I started experimenting with making my own.
I’ve found one recipe that I’ve stuck with for a while–it uses only two ingredients: apple cider vinegar and citronella essential oil. You can find the recipe in this blog post, along with several others. But. . . several people complained that a few of the ingredients in some of the recipes weren’t completely natural or ‘safe’ to use on horses.
So I decided to write yet another post on DIY natural fly sprays–and this time, I found all new recipes which are made with completely natural ingredients! They all use a blend of essential oils mixed with various other ingredients.
Now I know that many people prefer to only buy a certain brand of essential oils, and I’m not here to sell any specific one– but personally, I like to know that the ones I use are 100% therapeutic grade and I Iike organic as well. Some of the brands I like include Mountain Rose Herbs, Young Living, and DoTerra, but I’ve used other brands as well. If you find a company you like, then go for it!
So, without further ado, here are a few DIY natural fly spray recipes for you!
Refreshing Fly Blend by Nan Martin
- 5-10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Tea Tree or Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Idaho Tansy Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Lemongrass Essential Oil
- 5-10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Drop each of the oils into a 32 oz spray bottle and mix with water.
Natural Fly Spray
- 30 drops Purification Essential Oil
- 20 drops Eucalyptus Globulus essential oil
- 10 drops peppermint essential oil
- 50/50 Purified Water to ACV
- 1-2 oz. V-6 Carrier Oil (optional)
Mix ingredients in dark colored glass spray bottle. Add carrier oil as needed for ‘staying power’.
Source: Heavenly Gaits Equine Massage
Homemade Fly Spray
- 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup water
- 20 drops of doTERRA’s essential oil blend Terrashield
Source: Weed ‘Em and Reap
Natural Homemade Fly Spray
- 1 quart Raw Apple Cider Vinegar
- 20 drops rosemary essential oil
- 20 drops melaleuca essential oil
- 20 drops lavender esssential oil
Source: The Prairie Homestead
Add 20 or more drops each of:
- tea tree oil
- peppermint oil
In a few weeks, switch the oils out and use:
- lemon, and
Add water to spray bottle. Optional: add liquid soap or oil for ‘staying power’.
Source: Deby Estel–blog follower
- leftover and dying geraniums –about 2 cups or 20 drops geranium oil
- 2 cloves of garlic or garlic granules
- 2 tablespoons neem oil-human grade
- 1 cup white vinegar
- 2 cups water
Blend for about 4 minutes, strain and put in spray bottle.
Apply with a sponge around the eyes. Lasts 2 days but that’s about how long the natural stuff lasts. This is cheap and easy if you have a bunch of flowers in your yard like I do. Marigolds are good too since they contain pyrethrin.
Source: Kayla Martens (left as a comment on my other fly spray post)
*Just a note–the melalueca essential oil is the same as tea tree oil.
Also, I think it’s important to mention that there are other methods of fly control that we can use with our horses. Cleaning up manure is an important one since flies hang out around manure piles. I’m also using Spalding’s Fly Predators this year and even though we’ve had an epic amount of rainfall this spring in Oklahoma, I am noticing a difference in the overall fly population.
Happy Fly Spraying!