Concerns to human health give rise to alternative insect repellents that contain naturally occurring oils, extracts and herbs. Tomato, marigold, eucalyptus and citronella are but to name a few. These ingredients repel rather than kill flies, mosquitos, gnats and midges. Natural fly repellents don’t usually contain carcinogens or potential carcinogens and range in price from $5.00 – $30.00 per bottle.
Natural repellents DO NOT kill but rather repel the insects. The repellent has a shorter effectiveness period and reapplication must be made every 8 hours (or less!)
Read the label on the product closely to ensure you’re getting the “natural” product and apply this method during the time the insects are MOST active (day / night).
In an attempt at “Going Green” we have provided some tried and true and some not so tried and true home remedies to add to the ever-growing recipes. Some you may have already heard of and then, just maybe, there are some new ones that you can add to your collection too.
And, as always, if you know of any home remedies or DIY (Do-It-Yourself) products or recipes and would like to share them, please leave a comment or drop us an email and we’ll make sure it gets posted.
- Vinegar-Tea Fly Repellent
- Garlic Supplement *
- Garlic-Citronella Fly Repellent *
- Blue Vinegar Fly Repellent
- Skin-So-Soft (by Avon) ~ it can also be used for summer itch.
- Mosquito rings ~ they are NOT all natural but are SAFE to animals and fish.
*Please see the post on Garlic or Not to Garlic before deciding to use garlic as an alternative to anything or supplement to your livestock.
♦Alright, I didn’t have to add the “garlic” recipes in there or the “garlic” supplements. But I did and so that means it’s disclaimer time. Ya, you knew it was comin’ didn’t you? Well it happens from time to time and with the effects that garlic poses to livestock, that time has come. Due to the nature of the product, the use of garlic on any livestock is used at the discretion of the livestock owner and is neither condemned nor condoned by any employee or representative herein associated with Lowery Leather & Crafts, Inc.
Now if that didn’t scare you, it should have! Garlic has SERIOUS side effects, get the facts in the post Garlic or Not to Garlic, That is the Question?. Make an informed decision on whether garlic is the right choice for you and your herd.