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Naturally Repel Flies

written by: ErinKilgour•edited by: Donna Cosmato•updated: 7/1/2011

Not only are lies a nuisance, they are dirty. Flies attack both humans and animals and when they invade a home or attack on a camping trip, the scene is very uncomfortable. Ensure yours and your family's health with homemade, chemical free fly repellent.

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    Controlling Flies

    Aside from being an annoyance, flies are dirty. And, aside from being dirty, they can carry and spread disease. Black flies can carry and pass dangerous diseases to animals and humans. West Nile Virus is one. And, with the end of summer, it seems as though flies are invading the home and attacking people and animals like never before.

    Keeping the house clean and free of trash, keeping screens on the windows and keeping doors and using a fly repellent will help prevent fly attacks. Eliminating the problem with dangerous sprays and repellents can be costly to you, your family, and your animal’s health. Making a natural fly repellent will ensure that you are not dousing yourself or your loved ones with harmful chemicals found in some commercial products and bug sprays.

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    Natural Fly Repellent Recipe

    Fly repellents often contain harsh chemicals that are hazardous, especially with children. Making your own natural fly spray will ensure yours and your family’s safety.

    To make your natural fly repellent you will need:

    Spray bottle

    • Water
    • Cider vinegar
    • 15 drops lavender essential oil
    • 10 drops tea tree oil
    • 20 drops vegetable glycerin

    Fill 2/3rds of the spray bottle with vinegar. Fill the rest of the spray bottle with water. Add the oils and glycerin. Shake the bottle. This is an excellent repellent to use on both animals and humans to keep the flies from attacking.

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    Natural Fly Spray Recipe

    To make a natural fly spray you will need:

    • Spray bottle
    • White vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp dish washing soap

    Fill the bottle with 18 oz white vinegar and 2 Tbsp dish washing soap. Shake and spray as needed. You can also use this spray on your animals if flies are attacking them.

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    Natural Mosquito Repellent

    Avon’s Skin-So-Soft is known as a natural repellent against mosquitoes. What is not well known is it can also be used as a fly repellent.

    • To make a natural repellent using Avon Skin-So-Soft you will need:
    • 1 16 – ounce bottle Avon Skin-So-Soft
    • 10 cc (a little over one tablespoon) pure eucalyptus oil
    • Enough water to make one quart

    Using a quart sized bottle mix the Skin-So-Soft, eucalyptus oil and the water.

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