Last Modified on Jul 26, 2014
Do you have a barn fly problem? Or are flies of any kind troubling your pets? There are natural steps you can take to persuade flies to find their meals elsewhere, without filling your animal's environment with harsh pesticides.
Simple steps can be taken around the barn, the dog house, or wherever your animals happen to be afflicted with flying pests. Sometimes, a small change or addition to your animal's diet can dissuade flies from pestering your animals. Certain essential oils or aromatic foods such as garlic or cayenne can be natural pest deterrents, whether eaten or applied topically (usually, in a dilution--be careful with applications directly on your animal's skin or fur).
Natural Remedies: Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is so far the most popular home remedy to shoo away barn flies, and it has a long tradition of such use. ACV can be used in a sprayer or can be added to your animals' water or feed. If spraying directly on your pet or animals, dilute 1:1 with water.
[YEA] I have been putting a cup of ACV in my horses water barrel since last spring. I noticed my gelding was drinking alot more water with ACV. A few weeks of ACV, my gelding peed out a calcium deposits the size of a walnut. It also helped with the biting flies. One of our mares would get terrible fly bites, but this year she was scab free.
Replied by Babytodd
Cerro Gordo, Nc