Homemade Mosquito Repellent for Horses

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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.

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  • Photo Credit horse image by Penny Williams from Fotolia.com
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