Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Orange County, NC
In my experience, there are no 'great' fly (or bug) sprays that work as well or as long as advertised depending on the type of insect (flies, bees, mosquitoes, etc). Regardless of the brand, look at the active ingredient(s) to compare...you'll find a wide range of prices even when the active ingredient is the same. Most contain Permethrin, which is an insecticide/repellent. Earth friendly ones typically contain Citronella as a repellent, which is natural and non toxic. ACV is typically in home remedies and does repel a number of bugs as well as sooth stings.
Each of our mares is bothered by a different set of bugs, so we make a general mix of a Permethrin concentrate (cheapest we can find), Cirtonella based concentrate, and ACV to give the best overall effect.
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