The long hot days of summer bring flies and other biting insects to the barn. These pests have a mission to BUG you and your horse!
Not only just a general nuisance, but insects can also transmit illnesses and create serious skin irritations. Below are some holistic and non-chemical ways you can take action against these pesky pests.
In The Tackroom:
- Use small sachets of crushed mint, bay leaves, cloves, eucalyptus or a combination thereof to discourage flies.
- Place a small open container of sweet basil and clover near food or grain if insects and flies are attracted to open feed bags
In The Barn:
- Put a few drops of eucalyptus oil on strips of absorbent cloth and hang in the barn
- For a safe non-toxic fly trap visit EarthEasy.com
Added to Your Horse’s Supplementation:
- Add 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar to your horse’s supplement once a day. This raises the acid level just enough to bother flies but it is completely healthy for your horse.
- Organic Garlic is commonly used in a holistic animal husbandry program to help repel flies and insects. Use as a top dress to your supplement feeding.
Natural Fly Spray:
18 oz white vinegar
2 Tbsp dish washing soap.
Mix in a 20 oz spray bottle and shake gently until well blended. You may add water to dilute. Spray liberally on your horse
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup Avon Skin So Soft (Bath oil)
1 cup water
1 tablespoon eucalyptus oil
**Don’t use these fly sprays at a show as the oil tends to collect dust