Tips on How to Apply Insect Repellent to Animals

Learn how to apply insect repellent to animals or any other liquid solution using this simple foolproof method.

| February/March 2002

This tip shows you how to apply insect repellent to animals with an easy to use method. 

Here is a tip on how to apply insect repellent to animals, or any other liquid solution, to an animal's skin or fur. Instead of using a sprayer or handheld sponge, try using a dishwashing wand (one of those plastic gizmos with a sponge on the end of a hollow handle). Fill the wand's handle with the repellent or other solution and allow it to soak the sponge. Then rub the sponge on the animal. The advantages of this method over a sprayer are: the wand will not clog; it is less likely to scare the animal; and the solution can be applied to the animal's face without getting it in the eyes. Our horses like it much better than a sprayer and actually seem to think they are being groomed.

Dishes or horses? This sponge with a hollow handle works well for both.

Mark Reigle
La Veta, Colorado

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