It’s a fact of life on a homestead.
And poop brings flies. Lots of ’em.
Back in the days before I got all crunchy, I used to use loads of chemical fly sprays on my horses… And even though I hadn’t fully “awakened” to the world of chemical-free living at that point, I remember it would still bother me when I could taste the fly spray in my mouth after dousing the horses…
I’ve seen questions about homemade insect repellent all over Facebook lately, so I decided it was high-time to do a round-up of all the spectacular, all-natural bug sprays I’ve come across while blog-surfing.
Any of these ideas should work just fine for your homestead critters too, minus the cats. (Cats and essential oils generally don’t mix…) I regularly mix up natural sprays for my milk cow, horses, and goats, and they really seem appreciate it.
I’ve noticed that different bugs respond differently to homemade insect repellent recipes, so if you find that one isn’t working for you, give another one a try. But, with the treasure-trove of ideas below, you should be able to find something that will work where you live!
20+ Natural Insect Repellent Recipes
1. DIY Mosquito Repellent from Lexie’s Kitchen
2. Five Homemade Mosquito Repellent Recipes from Survival at Home
3. 15+ Tips & Recipes for Repelling Mosquitoes from Accidentally Green (I’m especially interested in trying the basil vodka spray.)
All-Purpose Homemade Insect Repellents:
4. Natural Insect Repellent for Camping from Green Boot Living.
5. Bug-Be-Gone Balm from Smithspirations
6. Homemade Insect Repellent Spray from DIY Natural
7. DIY Bug Repellent Oil from Growing Up Herbal
8. DIY Essential Oil Bug Repellent from Dr. Eric Z
9. Indoor/Outdoor All-Around Bug Spray from Your Thriving Family
10. DIY Marigold Insect Spray from Deep Roots at Home
11. Healthy Bug Spray (That Really Works!) from Scratch Mommy
12. Dried Lavender Insect Repellent from WikiHow
13. Beeswax Insect Repellent Candles from Design Sponge (how cool are these?!)
14. 13 Tips for Keeping the Bugs Away Naturally from Day2Day Joys
15. Bug Bite Relief Stick from The Prairie Homestead
Garden & Barnyard Pest Control
16. Strategies for Fly Control in the Chicken Coop from The Prairie Homestead
17. DIY Liquid Fence from The Prairie Homestead
18. Homemade Fly Spray Recipe for Livestock from The Prairie Homestead
19. DIY Organic Garden Pest Control Spray from The Prairie Homestead
20. Three-Ingredient Pest Deterrent (especially for mice and spiders) from Scratch Mommy
21. Using Diatomaceous Earth in the Garden from The Prairie Homestead
22. Homemade Fly Trap from The Prairie Homestead
23. Four Strategies for Farm Fly Control from The Prairie Homestead