Homemade fly spray is easy to make with essential oils and doesn't harm you or your pets. Frankly most of the commercial fly sprays on the market for animals do work very well but they also come with harmful side effects such as toxicity and, adrenal and immune suppression.
The fly spray for horses that I used to use not only killed flies but killed almost any crawling creature. That was great when I had a pile of red ants in my tack room, but honestly I really don't want something that powerful (and poisonous) on me, my dog or my horses!
The last time I used a store bought fly spray my entire arm broke out in a rash. That was the last day that I used a synthetically made fly spray for me or my animals.
But what about Natural Fly Spray for Horses or Natural Repellent?
Sorry to burst the bubble (again), but those sprays are toxic also. First of all the word "natural" is very deceiving whether it is on a fly repellent or a food substance. Companies are basically allowed to label a product "natural" if it contains any naturally occurring compound (even if it's been altered synthetically)!
Additionally those companies adding essential oils to their products are using perfume quality essential oils, not therapeutic grade. These usually contain 90-95% solvents so their cost is a fraction of what it takes to distill pure grade oils.
The skin is the largest organ of the animal or human body. It breaths and absorbs all the things in the air, many good, many not so good.
So What do We do?
Make your own homemade fly spray with essential oils! Now, I need to be truthful with you...the Florida flies are big and mean and to you need to spray it often. But to me, that is a minor drawback over toxicity, skin rashes, allergic reactions and immune suppression.
Maybe, you think I'm over reacting, but its true…one more story, than on to recipes!
Some nice person at the barn unknowingly sprayed my dog with "natural" fly repellent at the barn. I told her that it wasn't the same and please not to do it, but before I knew it Lexie was immersed in fly spray! Oh no!
By the time we got home a few hours later, Lexie couldn't walk up the stairs and was whimpering. Her body and liver were completely shut down.
An emergency call to my intuitive friend, Barbara Rasor, mostly healed Lexie that day thank God. And in the following days, she recovered fully with the help of Barbara and essential oils for the immune system and detoxifying the liver!
But, it was very scary! That is what happens when our animals have a severe allergic or toxic reaction to the "natural" products we are using. Lexie had a severe reaction, but it also can be subtle or over time. So please be careful when making choices for your pets (and you). And please make homemade fly spray!
What Essential Oils have Insect Repelling Properties?
I have listed most of the essential oils that have insect repelling properties so if you want to experiment you can do that as well. I have also provided some fly spray recipes that are safe for use on humans and animals.
These essential oils have insect repelling properties:
So, as you can see this is a huge anti-bug list! My top choices are Idaho Tansy, Lemongrass and Lemon and Melrose and Purification blends.
What Oils do I use for Horse Fly Bites?
These essential oils will help with fly and insect bites:
Purification and Melrose are my first choice for any kind of bites. They work immediately. They also are excellent for bee stings, ant and spider bites!
What Oils do I use for Itching?
These essential oils will help with itching:
Severe itching? Add some ImmuPower to boost your immune system as well!
Homemade Fly Spray Recipes!
Here are the recipes! But I have to tell you I make each one a bit different cause I like to experiment and I usually just throw them together at the barn! So don't worry so much about the exact recipe. Also put in a drop or two of your favorite oil for calming, or refreshing!
For the barn, I would say that my mainstays are Idaho Tansy and Peppermint and Purification. Purification has citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, melaleuca, Lavandin, and myrtle all insect repelling oils so I often start with that!
Here are recipes using a 32 oz spray bottle. I usually put in about 5 to 10 drops of each oil at least in with WATER. Again play with them and have some fun. You can't go wrong with mixing your own homemade fly spray!
Floral Fly Blend
Refreshing Fly Blend
Quick Fly Blend
Nan's Last Word: Homemade fly spray recipes will also enhance not damage your horse's coat! Especially Rosemary and Sandalwood. Remember, synthetic products can dull and dry coats, not protect them!