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    02-06-2008, 02:08 AM
home made fly sprays

Just wondering if anyone has any recipes for a home made fly spray that actually works. I've tried a few now and they only seem to work while the mixture is wet and then as soon as it dries it doesnt work anymore
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    02-06-2008, 07:30 AM
I tried several too, and the best one worked exactly for 10 mins or so. :)
    02-06-2008, 08:36 AM
I made a messy concoction of vinagar, garlic, a bounce fabric softner sheet and some leave in human hair conditioner. Put it through a strainer cut it half with water and sprayed it on. It did actually work. It was such a mess making it I decided it was easier to buy Pyranha fly spray. That's the best in my opinion. I read someplace that feeding your horse garlic and adding vinegar to the water helps too, but never tried it.
    02-06-2008, 11:47 AM
Green Broke
Yeah, I've heard adding garlic into their feed (or apple cider vinegar) can help. But if you're boarding every single horse on the property needs to be eating it too otherwise it defeats the purpose. You can buy it as a supplement instead of buying a bunch of garlic yourself.

My vet told me about this mixture: 1/3 water, 1/3 apple cider vinegar, 1/3 pinesol. It really works too! But you do have to put a lot on. We use it on all of our school horses and no one's gotten a reaction and it doesn't dry out their skin/hair. And you can't use the generic brand pinesol, you have to use the real stuff!
    02-06-2008, 06:39 PM
I already add fresh garlic and apple cider vinegar but I need something more hardcore for these **** aussie flies lol

I think ill go back to actual fly sprays. The extra cost is minimal when you consider all the time I spend trying to get home made ones going lol
    02-06-2008, 07:12 PM
I hate to say it but the commercial fly sprays really are the best. I try to go with the home made stuff every once in awhile when I feel I am over insectaciding (is that a word?) them.
    02-06-2008, 08:07 PM
I've always bought the biggest most expensive fly spray I can find and it has never failed me yet.
    02-06-2008, 09:56 PM
Hey, um I have heard of using Citrenella (sp), sorry I can't spell it, but its orange liquid stuff.. Just poor it on a hesian bag and wipe it ova... Although I have never tried it... but I have heard it works... I just buy Swift or Fly away, it does a awesome job!
    02-07-2008, 12:59 AM
Originally Posted by Delregans Way
Hey, um I have heard of using Citrenella (sp), sorry I can't spell it, but its orange liquid stuff.. Just poor it on a hesian bag and wipe it ova... Although I have never tried it... but I have heard it works... I just buy Swift or Fly away, it does a awesome job!
yeah I have been using fly away. Id heard about the citronella stuff but I think that would end up being the same price as the sprays (i get them wholesale).
    02-07-2008, 07:40 AM
I tried "natural" fly spray with citronella (which gives it funny smell). It worked as good as home-made meaning for 10 mins max. :) I ended up buying the Endure, and that one worked good (last year we had lots of huge flies around, so that one was the only spray, which worked for everyone in my area).

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