Home Made Fly Spray - Non Toxic (A MUST for my horses!)
Let's talk about Flying Pests! (and some that crawl).........

I had a huge challenge with a horse that was rescued from Hurricane Irma and Maria in Puerto Rico.  Not to mention, she has a lot of Chrome!  I think because of being immersed in water for so long, her skin just isn't right even now, several years later!  She is so sensitive.  Combine that with the other two mares, they all seem to be very sensitive to chemicals that are toxic.  I have discovered that it affects their cycles as well.

In comes me, wanting them to be fly free, or as close as possible, and doing that only using products that do no harm.  I am their advocate.

1. Where I started, SmartPak Bug Off - works great as long as all the horses are getting it.  One horse on it, in a pasture of 5 others, doesn't help at all in my opinion.  The nearest horses to us are a few miles away so I can use this to get the bugs significantly reduced!  Before doing anything else I had about 10 flies on the face and the neighbors that I went and checked, had probably close to 100 so I know this is a good first step.

2. I discovered that not all pests, react the same to what I tried.  SOOOOO.....I took all my supplies into the 3 sided shed on a hot day, and my computer, and I tracked what I sprayed and what happened to the pests until, one by one, they were pretty much gone.  So much so, that even on hot days now, my horses seem to go out and graze about 70% of the time where as before this, they grazed about 10% of the time and that was usually just going to and from the water trough.  I started with a base and then added.

Base:  (in 24 ounce spray bottle)
1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar (I use the filtered one making fly spray unless I have other issues and then I use the one with Mother)
1 cap of Thieves Household Cleaner - Flies, No-see-ums, Gnats
1/2 tsp of YL Insect Repellent - Flies, Mosquitoes, and most importantly around here - TICKS

Add in as necessary for your area:
    30 drops Rosemary - Flies, Mosquitoes
    30 drops Lavender - Skin Support
    30 drops Tea Tree - Fleas, Mosquitoes, biting insects
    20 drops Citronella - Mosquitoes, Biting flies, no-see-ums and gnats
    20 drops Lemon - Flies
    10 drops *Purification - (if you have deer flies)
    10 drops Clove (if you have deer flies)
    10 drops Peppermint - Mosquitoes
    10 - 20 drops of Lemongrass - TICKS
    10-20  drops Basil - Big Black Horse Flies 

Fill the rest of the bottle slowly with water and you are ready to do battle!

If you are interested but don't know where to get the products, click here:  Get the ingredients here!
(If you were to do all of them, it comes to about $13.00 per bottle of spray but I have never seen anyone need even most of them)

Application: Fairly heavy coating in the morning.  I spray into my hand and wipe down their face and ears and udder areas too.  I reapply a light coating if I see them in the shed for a while in the early afternoon.

3. Fly Predators - I have been surprised at the reduction in my black flies.  I was sad to find out they don't really help with the green flies/ deer flies/ and the Black Horse Flies.  I have also changed my manure management based on the recommendations from the company and it is helping.

Stay tuned, I am working on an ointment to replace my Fly Repellent Ointment that I discovered is toxic!

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  1. I am so interested in trying the fly spray recipe!! Thanks for sharing!!
  2. Sounds like it will cost a lot to buy all the ingredients , and where do you get them?
    Elise Hittinger AUTHOR  06/28/2020 02:52 PM Central
    Great Question Susan! I sent you an email with all the details but it really is about half of what I was paying for the "Extreme" fly sprays and even at this lower cost, it is NON toxic which saves on supplements that I no longer have to buy for the horses hormones!

    So in the end, it is a great deal for me and I can adjust as I need to for the pests that show up. Recently, HORSE FLIES!
    Elise Hittinger AUTHOR  06/28/2020 02:53 PM Central
    I am not sure the email went through, here is where you can order the oils, the Thieves Cleaner (which I use for EVERYTHING), and the Insect Repellent. https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/new-start?sponsorid=17560186&enrollerid=17560186&isocountrycode=US&culture=en-US&type=member
  3. Michele Misener  05/20/2020 10:28 AM Central
    Awesome, thanks for the information. Here in Eastern Ore we have all the pests mentioned.
    Elise Hittinger AUTHOR  05/20/2020 10:59 AM Central
    That is great Michele! Let me know if I can help you with any other questions or to get started with some of the oils!
  4. Elizabeth M. Piper  05/20/2020 09:21 AM Central
    Nice! I will definitely make up the recipe! Thank you for sharing.
    Elise Hittinger AUTHOR  05/20/2020 10:58 AM Central
    So glad you found it helpful!!!! I love sharing and staying in touch with others!
  5. Enjoyed reading your blog! I use doTerra oils & have eliminated household cleaners! I also use Norwex products. Prefer to use oils & non chemical products for my horse too!
    Elise Hittinger AUTHOR  05/20/2020 10:58 AM Central
    So glad you have products you already use Bonnie! I love the oils and so glad there are options out there for those of us that want to change how we live! I use the Norwex with my products as well, great combination!
  6. Brenda Whiteley  05/19/2020 09:23 PM Central
    Thank you for your receipe. Can you share the courage and calm blends that helped you with your horse.

    Thanks so much.
    Elise Hittinger AUTHOR  05/20/2020 10:56 AM Central
    Hello Brenda, I sent you the recipe in an Email! I hope you enjoy and join our Finding Courage group! It is a great support group and I am doing a Free - Live Zoom call tomorrow with an amazing Mindset Coach! My gift to those in the group. Would love to have you join us!

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