Homemade Fly Spray Recipe

Flies… Flies…. and more Flies!

You know it’s summer when the flies start outweighing you!

I’ve tried a few different fly sprays over the years and was shocked at the list of ingredients they are loaded with.  Things I would never dream of putting on or near my body, let alone sprayed on our animals.

This year my goal was to find a homemade natural fly spray recipe that worked and was cheaper than the $40 I was spending every month on store-bought spray. 

All Natural Fly Spray for Farm Animals

I spent a little over $100 buying the ingredients for my all-natural DIY fly spray.  But, as far as I can figure, I’ll be able to make 5 or 6 batches before I have to start restocking supplies.  Each batch is costing me around $10 in supplies, and I use 2 batches a month. That’s a $20’s a month saving.

Summer’s are hot and dry in the south and the flies, ticks, biting flies, mosquitoes and gnats are BAD!

I’m spraying this on every animal in the barn every morning and if I see they’re being bothered in the evening, I’ll give them another light spray.  It’s all natural and doesn’t have any harmful ingredients …which I love!


  • I was not sure how my alpacas would react to this spray, so I tested each one of them by spraying a small amount on their inner thigh so I could watch for a reaction.  I would suggest if you use this on horses do a small test patch first before applying.
  • I’m using this on our alpacas, cows, rabbits, (a very light spray), pigs and dogs.
  • Do not spray near or around eyes.  To apply near eyes spray on a soft cloth first and wipe the animals face or sensitive areas.
  • Repels flies, ticks, biting flies, mosquitoes, and gnats for about 8 hours.

(I have included links to Amazon in case you want to try this recipe.)

Mix all ingredients and shake well before using.

I feel so much better knowing I am controlling those pesky flies without using any harsh chemicals on our loved and very well cared for farm animals!
DIY Homemade Fly Spray for Livestock

Thanks for stopping by!

Tracy Lynn

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