Mosquitoes are not just pests for humans. They will pierce any living creature that has blood flowing through its body. Mosquitoes can carry a variety of diseases, including encephalitis and malaria. If you own any horses it is a good idea to coat them with a mosquito repellent, but you don't need to purchase a mosquito repellent that is full of harsh chemicals. You can make your own horse mosquito repellent at home.
Things You'll Need
- 16 oz. vodka
- Empty spray bottle
- 1/2 oz. citronella oil
- 1/4 oz. lavender oil
- 1/8 oz. pennyroyal oil
- 1/8 oz. catnip oil
- 1/8 oz. tea tree oil
- 1/8 oz. jojoba oil
Place 16 oz. of vodka in an empty spray bottle. This is the base of your homemade horse mosquito repellent.
Add 1/2 oz. of citronella oil, 1/4 oz. of lavender oil, 1/8 oz. of pennyroyal oil, 1/8 oz. of catnip oil, 1/8 oz. of tea tree oil, and 1/8 oz. of jojoba oil to your spray bottle. These oils are all natural and are known for their ability to repel insects like mosquitoes.
Shake the homemade mosquito repellent to combine all of the ingredients.
Spray the homemade mosquito repellent on your horse being careful not to get any in the horses eyes, or up his nose.
Repeat once every three to four hours as needed.
Tips & Warnings
- Always shake the spray bottle before spraying your horse as some of the oils may settle.
- Never apply the oils directly to your horse without first diluting them in the vodka.
- Photo Credit horse image by Penny Williams from Fotolia.com
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