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Apple Cider Vinegar For Fly Repellant?

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Just a quick question about fly/tick repellant. I intend to do a mixture of Apple Cider Vinegar, water, and PineSol for "fly spray" since I have all the ingrediants on hand. However my REAL question is....What is the ratio of Apple Cider Vinegar to water as far as adding it to a 100 gallon water trough? I know this question was answered here at horsecity before, but its just been so many years ago that I cant remember the answer. Thanks for everyone/anyones input in advance!

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I make a fly spray with vinegar and dawn dish soap. I put an inch of dish soap in an empty spray bottle, then add an inch of vinegar, then fill the bottle. I'm not sure how that would translate to the amount you need, so good luck.

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I guess I didn't read the original post clearly - this is a mixture you are adding to their drinking water? Not sure I would give Pine Sol or any other cleaner to my horse, but if you know it works and just kills flies, then I hope you find the correct ratio.

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For the fly spray, the ratio is equal parts ACV, PineSol, and water.

This is for application externally only, NOT to be ingested by the horse, so I don't understand why you want to put it in a water trough. Unless you're making a big batch to be bottled after mixing?

I don't think it would be safe to let horses drink it.

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Does the ACV/PineSol/Water mixture really work?

I would like to know this as well????

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Ok, let me try explaining this a little better for you guys.

I looked around online and found the Pine Sol/ACV/water mixture to use for fly spray. I have not officially tried it yet so I cant answer any questions yet as to if it really works or not. I'll let ya know though.

ASIDE from the fly spray.....Many years ago there was a post here about adding vinegar to pastured horses water trough to help keep flies, gnats, etc. at bay. I am not intending to add Pine Sol to the trough (I know better), just the vinegar. My water trough is a 100 gallon trough. I'm looking for the ratio of vinegar (how many cups or gallons?) that I need to add to the trough.

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I put the ACV directly on their feed - about one ounce for the donkeys at each feeding and about two ounces for the horse at each feeding. I know a lot of people who also add it directly to the feed. Like anything new, start with smaller amounts and then build up to the amount you want to give them.

It does help with the flies but I think it works better for the mosquitoes. It takes a few weeks for it to build up in their system so it's best to start adding it before the bugs arrive.

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I've never heard of adding apple cider vinegar to their WATER. If you do that, I would think that you would also need to provide a PLAIN water source as well. Just like if you mix electrolytes in the water, you have to also provide plain water.

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partners lady - Thanks! That sounds like a plan since I cant seem to find the answer to my question. =)

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partners lady - Thanks! That sounds like a plan since I cant seem to find the answer to my question. =)

You're welcome!

One other thing I do with ACV is put it on a small cut or abrasion. It kills germs and keeps flies off. It may sting just a tiny bit (try it on yourself to see) but it's never bothered my girls. Doesn't even phase them and it does help the wound to heal faster.

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I have heard of the ACV in the water and using it as a spray but,just remember when you add pine-sol or dawn dish detergent, it will strip the hair of it's natural oils.

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We have used ACV mixed with skin so soft, a permetherin concentrate and water for our fly spray. It does work, but doesn't last terribly long. I don't like to use the Dawn, even though it does seem to work pretty good. When I tried it the horses always attracted dust/dirt to just stick to them a lot worse than with any other sprays. We keep a better quality commercial concentrate mix in our horse trailer and for when we turn them out.

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I used the ACV/PineSol/Water mix when we were in Texas. The boarding stable had such a bad fly and mosquito problem when we first arrived that I had to do something. The commercial sprays were expensive and not very effective. Even the one that claimed it would work for 7 days had to be applied every day and still wasn't doing the job.

So I searched the Internet for other solutions and found the ACV mix, which was developed by a veterinarian. Figured there was nothing in it to harm our horses, so gave it a try. Was so pleased with the results. The flies and mosquitoes seemed to hate the stuff. Of course, it didn't last 24 hours, so didn't give the horses complete protection, but they certainly were more comfortable using it than they were with the more expensive commercial products I'd tried.

The boarding stable started using the feed thru fly control shortly after we arrived and by the end of the summer, we saw a big decrease in flies. Not completely gone, as the equine clinic next door supplied plenty of new flies, but the horses did get relief because the stable's manure pile was not breeding any flies. We still used the ACV mix to repel the few that arrived from the clinic and to minimize the annoyance from mosquitoes. There were a lot of those because rice was farmed near the stable.

Discovered a few added benefits. The horses smelled wonderful after treatment. We used the Orange PineSol and it made them smell so nice. People would walk by us in the barn aisle as we groomed our horses and ask what we used to make our horses smell so good, that they loved walking by our horses just to enjoy the fragrance. I always shared the recipe with them so their horses could smell nice, too.

Another thing I noticed was that the horses stayed much cleaner using the ACV mix than they did with the commercial products. The commercial ones were so oily, they attracted dirt. Not so with the ACV mix. It dried non-sticky and the horses didn't get as dirty when they rolled as they did with the other products. And when we'd give them baths, the PineSol actually helped get them clean. I never noticed any drying of natural hair oils, as someone commented. The horses coats stayed soft and shiny, but some of that could have been a result of the shampoo we used (the "blue" shampoo for horse and dog white coats).

Even if you don't use the "fly spray" on the horses, it works well for cleaning around the barn.

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iluvspots - Thanks! I've found myself using the heck out of even the "toughest" sprays on the market. I usually only use fly spray for rides and the vet/farrier visits. I made up a bottle of the ACV/Pine Sol/Water mix last night and cant wait to use it! The only concern I have is accidentally spraying the horses face with it...the Pine Sol concerns me around the eyes. So, I wrote all over the bottle with a sharpie "Body Only, do not use on face".

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I never spray near the face with ANY kind of fly spray, whatever the ingredients in it. I usually just spray some of the mixture on a rag and wipe it on my horse's face. If I don't have a rag handy, I just spray my hand and apply it that way, doing the face first, then wiping my hand dry on my horse's body before spraying there. Nothing in the mixture that is harmful to human skin -- or I wouldn't apply it to my horse!

Of course, if you have allergies to any of the ingredients, I don't recommend applying it to yourself, but then, you probably wouldn't be using it in the first place.

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Here is another good trick . You can buy wipes that come in the plastic containers , like hand wipes . You then just pour in the container some of your fly spray mixture . Then when you need to you just pull one out and wipe your horses face with it . And if riding just attach one in the poll area to keep flys and mosquitos away while riding :)

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