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post #1 of 16 Old 08-18-2013, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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making my own fly spray

What household ingredients would I need to make a rather good fly spray? I have apple cider vinegar but what else?

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post #2 of 16 Old 08-18-2013, 09:21 PM
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What household ingredients would I need to make a rather good fly spray? I have apple cider vinegar but what else?
I've always heard vinegar but I can't STAND the smell of it so I won't use it! I'd be interested to hear some other ideas too!
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-18-2013, 10:10 PM
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Lots of people use Avon's skin so soft, eucalyptus oil and citronella oil in their mixes. You can google fly spray recipes and find options.
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post #4 of 16 Old 08-18-2013, 11:29 PM
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Ehh, I made my own fly spray after using pyranha for ages. A friend sent me the ingridients for it, and I wanted to try something new, but it didnt work much different, and was almost more expensive. It did smell lovely though. It was 3oz of Eucalyptis oil, 16oz of Avon skin so soft, 3 drops of citronella (I think...) 5oz of apple cider (I promise you can't smell it) and 1 individual equi spot thingy. It worked about as good as pyranha. Im sure you could tweak the ingredients to something that might work better, but I havent played with the recipe.

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rosemary essential oil works too
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I see your in Minnesota, so you would not have the same plants we have in Florida. But if you want to experiment a little what I did is found some plants with bug repellent properties and started experimenting until I found a mix that worked. My favorite so far is using wax myrtle which has mosquito repellant qualities. I took the leaves and ground them in a food grinder, heated water and let them steep until the mixture cooled. Then strained the liquid, added aloe juice, a little apple cider vinegar as a preservative and had mosquito repellant. Now I am experimenting with different essential oils to repel flies, so far adding peppermint, encephalitis, and citronella seems effective for about two days. But it is a bit of a process the experimenting part.
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I use apple cider vinegar with a few drops of Pure citronella oil added, it works quite well. But you have to remember to shake the bottle well every time you use it so the oil and vinegar mix- otherwise you will be spraying only vinegar.
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. Now I am experimenting with different essential oils to repel flies, so far adding peppermint, encephalitis, and citronella seems effective for about two days. But it is a bit of a process the experimenting part.
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I get a small bottle of concentrated permethrin at tractor supply for 7.99. Mix per directions add some avon skin so soft bath oil and a couple drops of citronella oil. Sometimes I add a touch of apple cider vinegar but the horses and the dogs don't seem to like the smell. 2 bottles of the permethrin will make enough fly spray to last 3 horses all the warm weather here.
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-19-2013, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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For a few months now we have been adding a tablespoon per gallon of apple cider vinegar into our water troughs and the other night I took blue for a long ride and I can say when she sweated there was no bugs at all! Apple cider vinegar helps eat algae in the water troughs, has properties to reduce inflammation in joints, when the horses sweat they perspire the apple cider smell just a bit and it sends flies screaming and lately I've seen it send even the mosquitoes screaming too! Im going to add apple cider vinegar in my concoction for sure! I also have a few other essential oils like lavender.

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post #10 of 16 Old 08-20-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Heres what I made.... took a old spray bottle for flowers and filled it half way with apple cider vinegar and the other half with listerine and the neck of the bottle got resolution natural dish wash lemon scented. Mixed it up a bit and sprayed lightly my polo wraps, my saddle pads the sides that touch the saddle not the horse. So far my deck has no mosquitoes or flies! Lol
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