With all the rain we have been getting, the flies have been horrible! My poor cows are constantly covered, making milking (even with a machine) quite the chore. I have found several homemade recipes that claim to work for a short period of time. I really would like to find something that works for the day instead of temporarily.
After several test runs, I found a mix that I LOVE! I sprayed it on my fly infested animals and 3 hours later they are still fly free where I sprayed. I neglected the legs, don't neglect the legs.
Here is is, my organic fly spray. As a bonus it doesn't smell to bad.
This makes a small amount. Next time I make it I will triple or quadruple it.
8 oz. Apple Cider Vinegar
5 drops tea tree oil
6 drops peppermint essential oil (not extract)
couple drops Seventh Generation dish liquid, Lavender Mint
It has to be Lavender Mint dish detergent. Both oils repel flies. I am able to find it at Walmart or online.
Don't shake, gently swirl around to mix. Mist the animal with the spray. Wherever you mist flies will stay away.