• Abi Kroupa

DIY Horse Fly Spray

Updated: May 13, 2020

About the time that I get excited for winter to be over, pesky houseflies and biting insects show up, making life miserable for both horses and humans. Biting bugs are a nuisance for most horse owners, and they can carry diseases as well as cause infections such as summer sores. While you can easily purchase commercial fly sprays, I don’t like using harsh chemicals on my animals, let alone the amount of chemicals that end up on me in the process. I don’t understand why we insist on exposing ourselves to toxins when natural, non-toxic alternatives are available.

However, natural fly spray alternatives sometimes come at a price. Over the last few years, I have used a leading all-natural fly spray brand that comes in at $27.89 a bottle. This adds up, especially if you have multiple horses and are going through a few bottles a month. I looked at the ingredients, with 95% of the product being water and glycerin. What exactly am I paying for?

I decided to try making my own natural fly spray with my super, essential oil, knowledgeable husband. I put him to work to help me come up with oils that were safe (and effective) for me and my horses. Below is the recipe we came up with:

  • 1/2 cup Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil 24 oz $24.00 at Avon ($4 per recipe, makes 6 recipes)

  • 1 1/2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar 32 oz $2.19 at Publix ($.73 per recipe, makes 3 recipes)

  • 1 tsp Eucalyptus oil 30 mls $8.99 on Amazon ($1.49 per recipe, makes 6 recipes)

  • 1 tsp Citronella oil 30 mL $6.99 on Amazon ($1.16 per recipe, makes 6 recipes)

  • 1 tsp Lavender oil 30 mL $8.99 on Amazon ($1.49 per recipe, makes 6 recipes)

  • 32 oz fly spray bottle

Fill rest of bottle with water

Total cost of ingredients per bottle - $8.87

This recipe is cost-effective, safe for humans, and smells great! For horses, it works well against flies, biting insects, and mosquitos, but you may need to apply more often than chemical sprays.