Did you know that flies hate the smell of lavender!?
As horse people we spend tons of money on fly spray. Especially when it comes to the summer months.
Let’s face it not all fly sprays smell good. Sometimes we even try to come up with ways to make fly spray. Anything to keep our horses happy and our wallets safe.
In the past decade essential oils have exploded. There are so many benefits to them, but sometimes they can do more harm then good. Fortunately, Lavender is on the good list for when using with horses.
There are a few ways you can use lavender to get rid of the flies.
Lavender Fly Spray
One is like I mentioned above and that is making your own fly spray with lavender essential oils (have an outgoing link). The best practice for this is to get an empty spray bottle and fill it with water and add 25 – 30 drops of lavender essential oil. Don’t be scared to use a lot drops because you want the smell to be strong when using it. So if you have a larger spray bottle, use more drops.
Once your spray bottle is prepared you can use it to spray your horse, yourself and areas around the barn. I know for me I always hate when the wind comes and I get sprayed with the fly-spray and I get this awful taste in my mouth. Fortunately, this spray will be safe to spray on myself as well.
Another great place to use the spray would be around the manure pile or wherever a lot of flies tend to be.
A second way of using lavender to get rid of flies is by planting the actual lavender plant. This could also bring some color to your barn. Best place to plant it would be right outside the barn doors or under any of the stall windows on the outside.
Unfortunately, this method may bring the bees around. If you have a garden around your barn this will actually be beneficial for the garden. I know most of us HATE bees, but they are so good for the environment. Sadly, we are seeing a decline in bees and if something like planting lavender plants could help the fly situation as well as the decline in the bee population situation; why not do it?
Other Benefits of Lavender Around the Barn
As we all may know Lavender is also used for a calming agent.
So if you have a nervous horse. You could use the essential oil to calm them. Can spray on their blanket, halter, or even spray around the trailer before going to the show. Read more about the scientific study done that supports these findings here!
Oh! Don’t forget about yourself. Do you get nervous at a show or before you get on a colt?
Then spray your own clothes with some lavender!
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