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    03-28-2011, 10:30 AM
Homemade Fly Sprays

While reading through members threads and posts regarding homemade fly remedys, I came across one that uses Pine Sol as one of its ingredients. It also says it lasts for 4 hours. I myself made an earlier post about a recent article in Horse & Rider showing the comparative testing between homemade and manufatured fly sprays. (The homemade stuff didn't work as well bc it didnt last as long.) This particular homemade SAYS it does.
My question is, Is Pine Sol safe to use (even diluted) on horses?

I copied this from an old post by another member:
1 tbls DAWN
1/2 cup Pine Sol (8% oil)
2 cups White Vinegar
2 cups of water
Shake and spay on..... works great on my Horse and last about 4 hours
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    03-29-2011, 05:07 PM
NO ONE knows about this? I am surprised.....
    03-29-2011, 06:44 PM
Yes, it is safe. I make a fly spray using quite a bit of pine-sol, the orange scent works best, mixed with water and a bit of Avon OFF lotion. I'll fill the bottle with water about half way, add about 1 cup or so of the PineSol and just a good squeeze of the OFF. Shake really well. I used to use just pine sol and water and it would knock off flies and kill them but it never lasted anywhere near 4 hours. Then I tried the OFF added to it and had better, longer lasting results. It didn't irritate my horses or make them feel sticky at all. The only store bought fly sprays I've ever had any luck with was TriTech 14, which is way too expensive now and Wipe.

Wanted to add that I've never tried that recipe you posted, but I've also had pretty good luck with spraying apple cider vinegar or plain white vinegar. It actually makes the coat shiny so I used it while I was showing. I diluted it with just a little water. It lasted for the whole show, so that may work better than the Pine Sol ;)
    03-29-2011, 08:51 PM
Thank you so much for commenting. I really appreciate it and will use it!! (That recipe I posted was not mine, and I have NOT tried it.)
    03-29-2011, 10:31 PM
I have tried a few homemade remedies, but I have not found anything that lasts. I have never tried Pine Sol, but I have tried others that included vinegar. They smell horrible! They did not work well enough to put up with the smell. Maybe some people like the smell of vinegar, but I couldn't hack it.

If someone could come up with a formula that really worked, they could make a fortune!

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