Insect Repellents

Discussion in 'Health & Wellness' started by Harborsite, May 17, 2019.

  1. Harborsite

    Harborsite Member

    May 11, 2019
    I’m needing to get more “fly spray” for my horses. I want to get something that works for a while and I can also use on my goats. Looking at E3 Elite - it’s all natural and repel biting insects (mosquitoes, no see-ums, chiggers, ticks, deer fly.
    Ingredients: water, citronella oil, peppermint oil, cedar oil, rosemary oil, xantham gum

    Anything look dangerous to my girls?
  2. goatblessings

    goatblessings Fair-Haven Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2015
    Southwest Ohio
    I use Flick's essential oils for my goats - I get it from Jeffers. I use very sparsely and have never had a problem

  3. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
  4. Harborsite

    Harborsite Member

    May 11, 2019
    I had that in my “basket” online and replaced with E3 .
    Guess I’ll buy that one too and see which works best on my boys (horses). I’ll just use Equiderma in my girls (goats).
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  5. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    How frequently do you have to re-apply? Every day?
  6. littleheathens

    littleheathens Active Member

    Apr 27, 2019
    south central WI
    Is cedar oil bad for goats? I'd try to avoid any animal inhaling most EO mist in general but wondered if there was something specific with the cedar.
  7. elvis&oliver

    elvis&oliver Well-Known Member

    Jun 27, 2018
    I use Endure on my horse or Fly-Z which is natural. They both work great. If you’re looking for something that you don’t need to reapply daily there are drops you can put down the top line. Most horses roll or sweat a little and the spray wears off after a day or 2.
  8. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    To be honest, I’m not sure. I’ve heard mixed things. I’ve heard that it causes respiratory issues, and I’ve also heard of people using it/fly sprays with it on their goats with no problems. I think it’s sort of a “use at your own risk” sort of thing, I honestly don’t know if it does harm or not. But since I’ve heard a couple things, I don’t like to risk it.

    Most EO mists are fine in general. A lot of oils can be put onto the nostrils of a goat to HELP with breathing issues. It depends on the oil, but a lot are really helpful.
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  9. Goats Rock

    Goats Rock Member

    Jun 20, 2011
    NE Ohio
    We used to put kerosene on horses to keep the flies off. I suppose that is frowned on, now! (We didn't have mosquitos, they sprayed DDT!). :omg:
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  10. grace4every1

    grace4every1 New Member

    May 1, 2019
    Franklin, TN
    Would you mind sharing the concoction for your homemade fly spray? I only have two little Nigerian Dwarfs and I'm putting DE on them for fleas but I don't think it helps for flies.
  11. NigerianDwarfOwner707

    NigerianDwarfOwner707 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2018
    East Coast, USA
    No DE won’t work for flies.

  12. jodane

    jodane Active Member

    Apr 18, 2017
    Alpharetta, GA
    I've been doing something similar to the natural fly spray for fleas on the LGD's and inadvertently discovered that it keeps the flies off the dogs too. Every summer we've had problems with the flies eating the poor dogs nose and ears until they were raw and bleeding, we've tried everything to keep them off and this works! Here's my recipe which I put a few drops in my gloved hand and rub on the dogs daily and it's keeping the flies away.

    ratio of 8 to 1. 8 parts of any carrier oil like vegetable, grapeseed, olive...anything you want to use that's inexpensive, to 1 essential oils.
    I use equal measurments of
    Lemongrass oil, cedar oil, Rosemary oil, lavender oil, peppermint oil
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  13. Dwarf Dad

    Dwarf Dad Well-Known Member

    Thank you for sharing! I will certainly try this.