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post #1 of 15 Old 05-14-2012, 09:04 AM Thread Starter
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Homemade flyspray?

I know there is alot of homemade remedies online for home made flyspray but which ingredients do you Guys use to make yours? I want something effective and some thing that doesn't sent my wallet some of the fly sprays I've seen are upwards of $20+! So please share your homemade remedies!
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post #2 of 15 Old 05-14-2012, 09:30 AM
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Quick Fly Spray
18 oz white vinegar
2 Tbsp dish washing soap.
Mix in a 20 oz spray bottle and shake gently until well blended. You may add water to dilute.* Spray liberally on your horse

15 oz water
5 oz commercial fly spray ( any brand)
5 oz vinegar
2 oz vegetable oil
2 oz green Dawn dish soap

3 cups of water
(one quarter) cup sugar
(one quarter) cup white vinegar

Fly Spray Recipes
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-14-2012, 01:17 PM
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I use 32 oz of white vinegar with 3 tbsp original scent dawn soap. Works wonderful
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post #4 of 15 Old 05-14-2012, 01:31 PM
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you dont need homemade stuff of questionalbe usefullness. Never buy premade flyspray. You are paying for water. Order the concentrates. Like this : Farnam Repel-Xp Concentrate - Horse.com

A quart of that makes a couple gallons of fly spray.
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post #5 of 15 Old 05-14-2012, 06:53 PM
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This may be a dumb questions but the dish soap doesn't irritate the horses skin? Or is there just not enough in there to matter.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-15-2012, 04:38 PM
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I haven't noticed an irritation on my horse from the soap, but I also rinse him off every day, let him dry and then apply a fresh coat so there isn't a build up of residue on his skin
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Repel XP is amazing! One bottle of that lasts me all through fly season. Well worth the $30.

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post #8 of 15 Old 05-15-2012, 05:15 PM
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Garlic!! Buy it in bulk and its cheeper. I love the stuff and it cant get washed off by the beautiful cumbrian summer weather :) Apparently marmite is good too, but the flies are attracted to it before it gets inside them which makes for fliy meal times :/ Garlic minimises the need for sprays so I can get away with cheep stuff when others can't . Smells a bit mind...

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post #9 of 15 Old 05-20-2012, 02:14 AM
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I have always heard of just mixing vinegar and water
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post #10 of 15 Old 05-20-2012, 07:43 AM
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Try looking up Zephyr's Garden on facebook/google. She has developed a whole line of natural products for her own horses, and started selling them to people later. She also has a fly spray that according to many people works wonders - look it up and see what ingredients are in it (as far as I know, apple cider vinegar and a bunch of essential oils). On facebook or in the conversation archives on her website should also be a discussion about fly sprays, if I remember right. It would be well worth to look up.

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