Natural Fly Spray

About the time you sigh with relief because winter is finally over, the pestiferous bugs show up, making life miserable and ruining your lovely summer evenings sitting out in the garden!

While you can purchase commercial fly sprays, I prefer to make my own concoctions, not only is this much more cost effective it's also not pumped with synthetic, harmful ingredients so it's better for my family, pets, horses and the environment.

Garlic and Vinegar

Garlic is a favourite supplement that's believed to help control flies, I crush a couple of fresh cloves and add to the bottle of spray, as long as you don't mind the smell I find it works really well. 

Cider vinegar is a common ingredient in many homemade fly sprays The vinegar is believed to make whoever you are spraying less tasty to biting insects.

Essential Oils

Essential oils and herbs are often used in homemade fly repellent preparations. Try using lavender oil, eucalyptus, and citronella oils.

Water-Based Spray

You can make a simple fly repellent using water and a few other ingredients.  This is my prefered recipe, it lasts the summer (I actually make about half a dozen batches over the summer and have usually used it all by the end of the season)

  • 500ml Water
  • 300ml apple cider vinegar
  • 200ml Witch Hazel
  • 10 drops Citronella Essential Oil
  • 10 drops Eucalyptus Essential oil
  • 2 Cloves Garlic crushed.

Put all the ingredients in a bottle or container, mix and leave to stand for at least 24 hours.  The longer you can leave it the more potent it is.

Hold the spray away from the face and use as much as you think you need!


Combine the ingredients in a large spray bottle, and shake well. Spray the repellent onto a cloth, and wipe your horse's face with the cloth. Do not wipe around the top of the horse’s eyes because sweat may cause it to run down into its eyes and may irritate the animal. Also, if there is pink skin on your horse's face, put a little sunscreen on it and allow it to dry before putting the fly repellent on it. Carry a cloth with you to reapply the repellent when needed.