View Full Version : fly repellent recipe wanted!!!!
7th Aug 2003, 12:35 PM
does anyone have a proven fly repellent home made recipe they would like to share with me?????
My horses are really feeling the flys-more than ever!
Ive spent a fortune on sprays and there not working-they all get garlic in there feeds already.
If anyone has one i'de be really gratefull-but not as gratefull as my horses will be!!!!
7th Aug 2003, 01:23 PM
If you search this forum there are at least 5 or 6 recipies, all containing vinegar, garlic or s0ke sort of tea.
Sorry i cant help more just do a search.
7th Aug 2003, 01:28 PM
Thanks-ill have a search through!!!
If I get any ones that are not posted here ill put them on!!
10th Aug 2003, 04:13 AM
one that works pretty well, but smells horrible, is to put several spoonfuls of garlic powder in a dispenser bottle and add water, shake, and spray directly onto the coat. Or you can just feed some apple cider vinegar to the horse in the feed or some garlic powder.
15th Aug 2003, 03:51 AM
:D Hello! I've used several ones that are fairly effective. The best is the one with citronella in it, which you can get at some feedstores or natural food stores. They are listed below, but remember when it rains...... Reapply.:)
Take a large lemon with a thick rind and slice thinly. Place in a bowl with a few sprigs of rosemary and cover both in boiling water. Allow to steep at least 12 hours and strain the mixture . Pour the mixture into a spray bottle and shake before applying. Sponge on works great too! A similar response seems to be had by doing the same with leaves, stems and flowers from Elder bushes. (Slipping flowering elder twigs through your horse’s browband can also act as a fly repellent.)
Spray or sponge liberally over skin and coats.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
Second one is :
White wine vinegar, water and any combination of citronella, eucalyptus, lavender, sandalwood or tea tree oils
Mix a several drops of any of these essential oil into a little glass jar and add about a half cup vinegar and 2 water. Put the resultant mixture into a spray bottle and shake well before using. Or again, sponge on. Variations include the addition of strong, cold tea instead of water, crushed garlic (although this can clogs the 'spray' mechanism of the bottle) Smells not so nice, but fairly effective!:p
15th Aug 2003, 06:51 AM
thank you so much for the recipes, I'll give them a go!!!
15th Aug 2003, 07:31 AM
I put a thread on a few weeks ago and got a few receipes and I can vouch that they work for me and are certainly cheaper.
My receipe is as follows:
500ml cold tea
150 ml Cider Vinegar
3 cloves of crushed garlic
20 drops of citronella oil
10 drops of lavender oil
10 drops of baby oil (small amount so that it stays on the fur but not too much otherwise it burns horsey in the sun!)
approx 200ml of water to top up to 1 litre
I got the oils from Ebay, I have a good contact who sells the oils in 50ml or 100ml sizes, PM me if you want the contact. Well worth it if you want to buy more to save money!
If you want any more help, feel free to ask, good luck!
15th Aug 2003, 03:55 PM
I must post an apology on the amount of OILS!! I did not proofread before posting that! It was 1/8th cup of OILs! :eek: NOT what I had posted earlier!!
Sorry for that mistake and from now on, I will be SURE to proof read!
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