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March 26, 2015 23 Comments

Animal Lovers Fly Spray

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I wanted to name this post, Damn Flies Fly Spray!  I do hate flies, I don't even like them near my compost pile and the misery they can cause animals is criminal. It's been such a warm winter in Wyoming, that the flies are emerging early but I'm ready for them, with an organic solution that conditions, repels, heals and sanitizes! I'm going to love showing you how to put your therapeutic quality essential oils to work on your urban or rural homestead.

 
Let's start simple shall we? Just like us, our animals (pets or livestock) deserve a chemical free life, our ancestors used natural remedies with great success, we can too! Happily, the popularity of the urban farm movement is marching forward, it's an effort to produce a safer food source for our family even if it's simply a few chickens and a backyard beehive. By reaching for natural alternatives first (like fly spray!) we can begin to clean up our soil, our food source and start a cycle of sustainability in our own backyard. Animal Friendly Fly Spray is made with organic apple cider vinegar with the "mother" instead of water, it just works and has so many additional benefits for the skin and immunity.
  
ACV can boost immunity, ease digestion, sanitize and condition skin, fur/hair or, feathers! TIP: when washing animals, add some ACV to the rinse cycle to cut through the soap and leave their coats gleaming. And then there's the special addition of organic, alcohol-free witch hazel in my Fly Spray to cool and tone!   Keep in mind, skin is the largest organ, be careful with chemicals and wary of commercial products with "All Natural" on the label, many times it's an untruth.  If you can't pronounce the ingredients, chances are it's not a good sign that it's safe for humans or animals and you don't want man nor beast breathing those in.
 
Animal Lovers Fly Spray
Author: Camp Wander
Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Pour out 1 cup of the ACV, set aside in another container. Add the essential oils directly to the 32 oz bottle of organic apple cider vinegar and then add the witch hazel. Shake well before each use.
  2. Dampen a bandana or clean cloth with warm water and wring out well. Spray the concoction directly on a folded cloth until saturated and wipe down legs, belly and face, wiping carefully around the eyes and ears. Reapply as needed.
  3. Do not spray near the eyes.

When you are in control of what you're putting on your animals you're going to be better equipped to know what they're reacting to should there be a reaction. Most insect or fly repellent products today for animals have no labeling requirements and it can be a more than a challenge to find out what all the ingredients are in a product.  Last but not least, I chose CW Lavender and CW Rosemary for my Animal Friendly Fly Spray for the obvious reasons; anti-fungal skin care, healing and soothing of bites along with their natural repellent properties especially when used together. Let's be smart, let's be safe and let's be prepared for P E S T season!  Make your own!

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23 Responses

Susan
Susan

May 10, 2017

What is “with the mother”? I am new to essential oils

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Organic ACV contains “mother,” strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria that give the product a murky, cobweb-like appearance.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Shirlene, the post has been edited to include that pertinent info, so sorry!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Whoops! Edited :)

Shirlene Hendrix
Shirlene Hendrix

May 10, 2017

when do you put the witch hazel in or do you?

Paulette Bellamy
Paulette Bellamy

May 10, 2017

What about the witch hazel? You didn’t explain when to add that. Also, the witch hazel and vinegar won’t all fit into a 32 oz. bottle. Love the idea, especially for horses that are so bothered by flies at times.

Tanya R
Tanya R

May 10, 2017

Will this repel mosquitos? They’re more of a nuisance where I live.

Michelle
Michelle

May 10, 2017

Ditto Nicole. I know what we have to face in Arizona. And thank God I found this post just when I needed it!

Ana
Ana

May 10, 2017

Will this also work on ticks and fleas?

Nicole
Nicole

May 10, 2017

Thank you for posting this! I’m in Arizona and flies (along with every bug out there) have been buzzing around for almost two months now. I love hanging out in my backyard but at the same time I hate it.

stefani
stefani

May 10, 2017

I’m assuming this is safe for humans since it is used on animals and everything is natural? Also, if I would choose to use it on me, would I feel “sticky”? Or do you have another recipe which would be a better option for people?

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Yes, it could be very effective. Consider Lemongrass too!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

I would add Lemongrass to the blend for mosquitos!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Sarah try diffusing Lemongrass and Lavender!

sarah
sarah

May 10, 2017

do you have a remedy for the flies that get in the house?? omg Oklahoma is Fly Heaven and im wearing myself out swatting and cussing them!!!!lol
thanks for all the great remedies and ideas!!!1

MagnoliaHomestead
MagnoliaHomestead

May 10, 2017

Yes, yes…THIS!!! Excellent for biting gnats as well!! We’ve even had success with this in the early evenings to ward off the mosquitos!

Dian
Dian

May 10, 2017

Rebecca, Thank you for this fly spray recipe, which I will use on myself…We moved to Hawaii and the flies are awful when I go for later afternoon walks.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Yes, if you don’t mind the vinegar smell :)

Carolyn Kelley
Carolyn Kelley

May 10, 2017

Is this something I could spray around my back door? We get a wave of flies mid-summer that seem attracted to our house (we hear them hit the windows constantly) and get inside every time we open the back door. We will try diffusing the oils you suggested above but I would prefer they quit hanging out by the door and sneaking inside in the first place.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Alcohol free witch hazel is another good alternative, especially for humans because it smells a whole lot better!

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

As a replacement to either EO listed in the recipe, it would be 20 drops. If you wanted to add additional EOs to the blend, I would add no more than 10 drops of whatever EO you choose. The blend doesn’t need to be any stronger than this :)

Kathy Posey
Kathy Posey

May 10, 2017

You do not say the amount of Lemongrass or Peppermint to add.

Rebecca
Rebecca

May 10, 2017

Good to know, thank you!

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