All Natural Basil Mint Herbal Fly Spray


Flies are pretty much a given when you live on a farm and raise animals. Our horses especially have a hard time with the flies in the summer. But most conventional fly sprays contain cedar oil, pyrethrin or premethrin - all of which I worry can be dangerous, especially to our chickens and ducks. 

So two summers ago, I started testing different natural herbal concoctions and I finally feel I have perfected one that works quite well to repel flies and can be safely sprayed on our horses, in their stalls, in the coop and duck house, as well as around the feeders.



This spray has a white vinegar base which has the added benefit of being an antibacterial and disinfectant. I mix the citrus scent of a lime with basil and mint, all of which are particularly unappealing to flies. I throw in a vanilla bean for good measure since vanilla seems to be an excellent fly repellent as well.

What you'll Need:

1 lime
Fresh mint leaves
Fresh basil leaves
Vanilla bean, split [Here's where I buy my vanilla beans]
White vinegar

Pint Mason Jar
Spray Bottle

Cut the lime into slices or quarters and place in the canning jar along with a handful of fresh-cut mint and basil leaves, torn slightly with your fingers to release their oils. Add the split vanilla bean, then fill the jar with white vinegar leaving at least 1/4" headroom.


Set the jar in your pantry, cupboard or on the kitchen counter to 'age' for about two weeks, shaking every few days to reinvigorate the contents. When ready to use, strain the liquid into a squirt bottle and spray liberally wherever you see flies congregating - in your coop, run, barn, stall, feeding area - or even around your back patio or barbeque. Repeat as needed.





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8 comments:

  1. I'll try it. Last year we were driven crazy by the flies in the house - and we didn't even have chickens yet! Thanks!

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    1. Oh for the house, I love to soak cotton balls in vanilla extract, add a few crushed mint leaves and then put a cheesecloth or rubber shelf liner or mesh screen top on a mason jar and use those. They smell so nice to us and flies hate them. I use the half pint jars and they look pretty too - you can tie some ribbon around the lid or whatever.

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  2. This is brilliant. Thanks for this. Come summer time the flies out here are like the descending armies of the Roman Empire. And I'm just imagining how lively this is going to smell!

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  3. This was chosen as a favorite on our From the Farm blog hop, thanks for sharing this! I can't wait to try it myself, we moved out to the country and got some chickens...and flies lol

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  4. I have this aging on my kitchen counter. Can't wait to try it. I added some thyme for its germ killing properties, though. We'll see if the mixture works!

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  5. I have this aging on my kitchen counter. Can't wait to try it. I added some thyme for its germ killing properties, though. We'll see if the mixture works!

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  6. I have this aging on my kitchen counter. Can't wait to try it. I added some thyme for its germ killing properties, though. We'll see if the mixture works!

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