Are you looking for a natural way to keep biting insects off your horses? I have been avoiding chemical repellents for years as many of them are toxic and even carcinogenic! I hate to think about how detrimental chemical bug repellents with health hazard warnings on the bottle may be to the horse's health who are very likely to end up licking it off their skin and ingesting part of it, not too mention how it gets absorbed through the skin.
I make my own fly spray using essential oils as part of the recipe. Easy and cost effective!
I have found that Citronella, Lavender and Peppermint work great for mosquitoes. Horse flies seem to avoid Cedarwood and Lavender. Purification from Young Living is a great blend for repelling insects. Experiment with own blend and modify them according to the prevalent flies that are pestering your horses!
Basic natural fly spray recipe, mix it straight into a 32 oz spray bottle:
- 1/3 Sweet almond oil or mineral oil (an oil base will prevent quick evaporation of the fly spray) OR
- 1/3 Skin-so-soft bath oil (less natural, but very effective when the flies are REALLY bad as they can be here in Quebec!)
- 1/3 Organic apple cider vinegar (great for the skin and soothes insect bites)
- 1/3 Water
- 10 to 15 drops of essential oils of your choosing
- Shake well.
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