Home Made Fly Spray

by Merissa on August 25, 2014

in Make Your Own

Home Made Fly Spray - Little House Living

Home Made Fly Spray

A few months ago now we brought home a new addition to our farm and the first little livestock...5 goats. Two Nubian Milk Goats and three Pygmy goats; a nice little goat herd that will help us clean up all the weeds left from the previous owners' lack of pasture care.

So far they've been doing a great job and have been happily munching away on the weeds. They've almost cleared an entire section of pasture and are about ready to move on to the next one. Our goal is to get a few cows so our pasture needs to be cleaned up and ready for us to plant grass seed and revitalize the land.

Goats are very low maintenance creatures, as we've discovered. At the moment they have enough to eat here so we don't really need to feed them and they really don't take much care. Our two Pygmy goats are due to kid sometime in the next month or two so then they will require a bit more care, but so far we've really enjoyed keeping goats and being little goat farmers! We've built some bridges for the goats to play on and it's so much fun to be in the pasture with the goats, because they will follow you around like little puppies. Our 2 year old is fascinated with them and loves his "goats!". (He always has to yell the word goat!)

So now that you are picturing my little blond Farmer Boy shouting into the pasture πŸ˜‰ let's get back to livestock maintenance.

One problem that we have had with the goats is flies. Maybe it's just this year or maybe it's the fact that we live on a farm now, but the flies around here have been awful. In the house we've tried fly strips and fly traps and they still hang around. I know I'll be grateful for that first frost when it comes! The flies have been really bugging the goats, too. After doing a bit of research, I came up with this recipe for a home made Fly Spray that works wonders! It's all natural and so easy to make, not to mention it's much cheaper than the toxic commercial brands. With having a little one around the goats all the time I wanted to make sure that we were using something on them that he wouldn't have a reaction to if he got it on his skin as well. Here it is!

Home Made Fly Spray

Home Made Fly Spray

What You Need:

What To Do:

In the empty spray bottle, add all of the above ingredients. Fill the rest of the bottle up with water and put the lid (sprayer) back on. Gently shake the bottle so that all of the ingredients are incorporated. Spray directly on the animal to prevent flies from landing on it. Gently shake again before using.

Home Made Fly Spray

While not as strong as commercial fly spray, this spray is very effective. However, you may need to apply it a little more frequently than regular fly spray. I just apply to the goats as needed. This spray can be used on most livestock, however do NOT use it on cats.

I'm so glad we found a natural spray that works well! Now the goats aren't bothered from the flies and I don't have to worry about spraying chemicals on them. We've been using the spray all summer and have been very happy with it!

Do you have animals that could use some home made fly spray?

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1 Barb Wright August 25, 2014 at 7:13 am

I just came in from milking our new goat. I am so pleased with her! I also have a little blonde 2 yr. old farmerboy..a grandson. He loves our new goats as well,and did pretty much the same thing on Sat. when they were here! Your fly spray sounds good. My daughter makes this type of stuff,so I will share with her. Perhaps she’ll make me some!!

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2 Lana August 25, 2014 at 7:33 am

Oddly enough, we have seen almost no flies this summer. I am NOT complaining! Have you tried the pennies in a ziploc bag of water? I have heard that it works but I have not tried it myself.

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3 Merissa August 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

That’s crazy! I have tried it but they are just so bad around here that it’s not enough to keep them away.

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4 Felicia August 25, 2014 at 9:02 am

This is great. I just got a horse and was looking for something natural that I could put on him. Do you think this will work on horses?
I’m going to try and let you know what happens.

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5 Merissa August 25, 2014 at 7:16 pm

I think it should. Let us know!

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6 Pamela August 25, 2014 at 12:08 pm

Thanks for the fly spray recipe; I will try it! The current homemade spray I use is simply 2 cups vinegar mixed with 2 TBL Dawn dish soap. I enjoyed seeing how you lure your goats to stick around for the spraying; a bucket of food works wonders!

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7 Merissa August 25, 2014 at 7:15 pm

That it does!

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8 Jen August 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm

You might consider adding lavender and peppermint to the eucalyptus oil. They are also good deterrents. Planting them around doorways helps too.

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9 Brenda August 25, 2014 at 9:15 pm

The fly spray sounds wonderful, but please remind people to be careful not to get it in the animals’ eyes.

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10 Stacey August 26, 2014 at 2:10 am

Thank you for this suggestion. We live in Scotland, and the flies have been terrible this year. We only have a tiny flock of pet sheep, but we’ve been struggling all summer to keep the flies away. The weather is just now turning, so we might not need to do this at this time, but I’m keeping this recipe for next summer! Thanks again!

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11 Deni August 26, 2014 at 9:50 am

I have eucalyptus plants. I wonder if I infused the leaves with the other ingredients…….What do you think?! πŸ™‚

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12 Merissa August 26, 2014 at 5:36 pm

You can always give it a try!

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13 Jill August 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Could I simply spray this inside of the coop as well? Flies are horrible where I am. I will definitely be making this and trying it out with my girls.

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14 Merissa August 26, 2014 at 5:35 pm

You can try but it won’t last like fly paper will if there isn’t anything to spray it on.

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15 LAC August 27, 2014 at 10:54 am

We had flies so bad here this year we have named it FLYMAGEDDON! I am going to try this out and see how it works!

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16 Carolyn White August 27, 2014 at 5:11 pm

I would have to buy eucalyptus by the gallon to spray our cattle herd since we have so many, but I plan on mixing some up for our two pigs and our show cattle. I want to add lavender as well. We use coconut oil on our pigs to keep their skin from drying out. I stopped having our house commercially sprayed with pesticides this year, and the flies have been horrible, but the thought of all of those chemicals around my children and pets scared me!

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17 Amy Ennis September 11, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Try diatomaceous earth for a natural pest repellent in your house. We have used it and we also use it in our chicken coop as well! πŸ™‚

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18 Carolyn September 12, 2014 at 7:37 am

Amy, tell me more – do I place in containers? Put it around outside or inside?

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19 Amy Ennis September 12, 2014 at 10:17 am

You can just sprinkle it around the edges of your house, interior and exterior. If you have really little kids that would eat it then you could make a water solution of it. 1-4 T of DE (diatomaceous earth) to 1 gallon of water and then just spray the edges. It isn’t effective until it’s dry. You can get food grade DE that is edible, mostly intended for animals I believe, just in case you do have a little boy like mine that eats everything he sees. Just do a google search for DE and you’ll get lots of information!!

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21 JD August 29, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Merissa, thanks, the flies have been on us constantly whenever we are outside. Now for the roaches?

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22 Merissa August 29, 2014 at 8:20 pm

That’s something I haven’t ever had to deal with so I’m not sure, sorry I can’t be of more help!

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24 Charolett August 31, 2014 at 8:28 am

I will try this one. Do you have any thing for fleas on dogs? Thank you for this site and blog. LOVE IT.

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25 Merissa September 1, 2014 at 8:01 am

I do not yet, but I have heard that eucalyptus oil will help with that as well.

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26 charolett September 1, 2014 at 5:15 pm

Thank you Merissa. I will try that

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27 Patricia February 2, 2017 at 8:11 am

But never on cats!
I use Apple Cider Vinegar 1to 1 with warm water. I use cotton balls to rub from their ears around their neck, top & bellies & their tails.

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28 Becky September 8, 2014 at 11:35 am

Any idea if this would work as a general spray around an area if you are camping? That is where I have been bombarded by flies this summer.

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29 Merissa September 8, 2014 at 11:46 am

I haven’t tried it but it generally clears the area I’m spraying for flies (not just on the animals) so I’m thinking it may work.

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30 Alli September 21, 2014 at 10:34 pm

i was wondering if anybody has used this on their horses yet? what do yall think? is it good? my barn is TERRIBLE this year with flies. we are using those fly cans and have to empty them about every day. we also have fly strips that we have to throw away about every 2days or so. horses look like theyve had a blood bath on their legs cause the flies bite so much. needing help!!

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31 Jeannette Steward April 29, 2016 at 8:32 am

Can this spray also be used on chickens and rabbits?

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32 Merissa April 29, 2016 at 7:11 pm

From the research I’ve done it should be safe but I have not personally tried it.

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33 Ellen May 13, 2016 at 9:55 am

Will this work on deer flies, or horse flies? Is it safe around rabbits or chickens?

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34 Jim June 8, 2016 at 5:43 pm

Can you use this on dogs?

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35 Lindsay Devoll July 8, 2016 at 12:11 am

Thanks for sharing this great idea!! I wanted to add a little information if I may….I was curious as to why you said not to use it on cats so I consulted Google and found that it is also toxic to dogs and horses! Just thought that might be good to add to the article since I’m sure there are plenty of horse owners and maybe a few dog owners that would be searching the web looking for DIY fly spray recipes πŸ™‚

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36 Kelly July 15, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Just to clarify the previous post. ASPCA says eucalyptus is toxic to cats, dogs, and horses. http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/eucalyptus

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37 Horse. Girl April 18, 2017 at 4:35 pm

It’s the plants that are poisonous to horses not the essential oil.
Just wanted to clear that up as long as it’s steam distillation you should be fine.

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38 Merissa April 19, 2017 at 6:26 am

Thank you for adding that info!

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39 Linda October 8, 2016 at 3:21 pm

Thanks for the info! We just bought a 5 acre organic farm and we plan on getting goat’s and chickens. I am all about going natural and non toxic. We have never farmed before so this is a new adventure for us. We move at the end of this month!

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40 Laura October 12, 2016 at 5:11 pm

Hello! I have a little herd of Nigerian Dwarfs who are really bothered by these little flies after two weeks of wet weather here in NC. I just applied your spray and they are fly-free! One of our goats is expecting, so I did’t want to use any harsh chemicals. Thank you so much!

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41 Merissa October 14, 2016 at 7:10 pm

So glad it worked for you!

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