I’ve considered making my own fly spray for a couple of years now, but never gotten around to it. However, my Mum tried and tested a recipe last year and was pleased with how effective it is. So with extra time on my hands this spring, I decided to give it a go.
Once I’d sourced the ingredients (mostly online) and bought two 1L spray bottles, it was fairly straightforward.
- 225ml dettol
- 250ml Avon skin so Soft (Dry oil spray)
- 250 ml cider vinegar or white vinegar
- 1 squirt of washing up liquid
- 5ml citronella essential oil
- 5ml lavender essential oil
- 5 ml tea tree essential oil
- 5ml neem oil.
- Approximately 1250ml cold tea made from 6 tea bags.
It’s very simple, I mixed all the ingredients except for cold tea in a bowl and stirred them well, then I put half into each of my 1l spray bottles (one for each horse) and filled each up to the 1l mark with cold tea.
It smells quite similar to the shop bought ones, which is a relief, although darker in colour. You need to shake the bottle well before use, but otherwise it has the same application directions. I have heard that it is effective for sweet itch sufferers, so am hoping that it really helps Otis.
I’ve just done the calculations, and aside from the £6.99 one off cost for the bottles, the ingredients to make 2l of fly spray cost £10.95. we did however have white vinegar, washing up liquid, and tea bags in stock. So you can probably round that figure to £12 to safely include all ingredients.
A quick look online shows that you can pay at least £12 for a 500ml bottle of branded fly spray. For ease of comparison, including the cost of the two bottles, 500ml of fly spray costs £4.95 to make. It’s got to be worth trying it.
I’ll let you know how we get on!