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 😉 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
What You Need:
- 16 oz Spray Bottle
- 1/4 cup Vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons Dish Soap
- 30 drops Eucalyptus Essential Oil (Where to Buy)
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.
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?