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Natural Fly Repellent Options
#1 Posted : Thursday, May 17, 2007 7:50:11 PM
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someone told me to use vinegar and dawn liquid soap blue one to use as a fly spray on the horses I tried it don't think I got the combination right or just didn't work. cuz it didn't work. There dad told me his  ( grown ) kids use it on their horses.
#2 Posted : Saturday, April 05, 2008 10:28:44 PM
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It's too bad that so much time has gone by without a definitive answer on this subject.



  1. Clean out a small tin with a lid.
  2. Take a clean piece of cloth or a small piece of dish sponge able to fit into the container. Saturate it with one of the following oils:

    • Lavender oil - lavender is considered to be particularly effective against flies[1]
    • Citronella oil (dilute with water first)[2]
    • Eucalyptus oil (dilute with water first)[3]
    • Pennyroyal oil (dilute with water first)[4]
    • Peppermint oil (dilute with water first; likely more effective against mosquitoes but also considered to work against horse-flies[5])
    • Lemongrass oil (dilute with water first)[6]
  3. Place the cloth in the tin and shut the lid. Allow to sit for 24 hours.
  4. Use. Whenever you need to use the tin, remove the lid and place on the entertaining table. Make as many as you wish to put around the entertaining area to deter flies.
  5. Replenish the oil after each use; once open to the air, the strength weakens and needs to be topped up.

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#3 Posted : Saturday, April 05, 2008 10:28:44 PM
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Years ago on the farm, my grandfather sprayed the pastures with a homemade concoction, that kept the fly population down.  I cannot remember the recipe except I know it had vinegar in it.  Does anyone have or know of a recipe for natural fly repellent for pastures. 


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