How To Keep Flies off a Horse with Vinegar

If you have a horse, then you are probably familiar with the buzzing of flies at the stables, especially during the summer-time. These pests are often just as bad as mosquitoes. Did you know that vinegar can be used in a home remedy for keeping flies off a horse? By using vinegar, you avoid the use of store-bought chemicals around your horse. Here's how to keep flies off a horse with vinegar:

Materials and supplies:

  • Apple cider and white vinegar
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Avon's "Skin So Soft" lotion/bath oil
  • Eucalyptus oil
  • Citronella oil
  • Spray bottles
  1. Create a fly trap with vinegar bait. Vinegar is a very common ingredient in the bait for fly traps. Mix two cups of water, 1/2 cup of sugar, and 1/2 cup of vinegar. Stir together and leave out to catch flies. Place the bowl of vinegar-based fly bait near sticky fly tape. Be sure to clean out the fly trap and replenish the vinegar bait often, or it will stop working.
  2. Mix vinegar in drinking water. Mix apple cider vinegar into your horse's drinking water supply. Vinegar has proven internal benefits for horses unrelated to its use in keeping flies off a horse. Many believe that consuming apple cider vinegar also makes horses less attractive targets for flies by raising the pH level in the horse's blood. This effect may take some time to build up in the horse's system.
  3. Make a natural fly spray. Combine two cups of vinegar, one cup of water, and one cup of Avon "Skin So Soft" bath oil. Then add one tablespoon of eucalyptus oil and a tablespoon or two of citronella oil. The citronella scent combined with the vinegar serves to repel flies; similar recipes substitute Pine Sol for the bath oil and citronella oil. It is also believed that dishwashing liquid may play a role in repelling flies; this ingredient is often found in natural ways to keep flies off a horse with vinegar.
  4. Use the vinegar spray on your horse. Pour into a spray bottle, shake it well, and then spray this mixture on your horse. For best results, try to spray your horses about half an hour before the flies come out that evening and as needed throughout the day and evening. Spray the area around your horse, such as the stall, with a more concentrated form of this spray.

This home-made vinegar solution is a very effective tool for keeping flies off a horse. By using vinegar, you alleviate the need for using harsh chemicals around your horse. If natural solutions containing vinegar don't seem to be stopping the fly problem, consider consulting with your veterinarian for suggestions.


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