Homemade Fly Spray for Horses Using Tea Tree Oil

By Bridget Kelly

cheval et mouches image by Danielle Bonardelle from Fotolia.com

Items you will need

  • Measuring spoon

  • 3 tbsp. tea tree oil

  • Measuring cup

  • 3 cups water

  • 32 oz. spray bottle

Tea tree oil is processed from the leaves of the narrowleaf paperbark tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), a member of the myrtle family and native to Australia. Laboratory studies have shown that tea tree oil has antimicrobial properties, according to the Mayo Clinic, although it suggests that further study is needed. Horse owners have many home remedies for keeping flies off their animals, and tea tree oil is an ingredient in one of them.

Combine the tea tree oil and the water.

Pour the solution into a spray bottle.

Spray the horse completely or around any wounds or bandages that are drawing flies.


  • Be careful not to get the tea tree oil solution in the horse's eyes.

Photo Credits

  • cheval et mouches image by Danielle Bonardelle from Fotolia.com


Based in the American Southwest, Bridget Kelly has been writing about gardening and real estate since 2005. Her articles have appeared at Trulia.com, SFGate.com, GardenGuides.com, RE/MAX.com, MarketLeader.com, RealEstate.com, USAToday.com and in "Chicago Agent" magazine, to name a few. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in creative writing.

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