What we think smells amazing can actually repel flies!! Crazy right? I stumpled across this great recipe from the Fresh Eggs Daily. I have been using Young Living Basil essential oil and Peppermint essential oil in my fly spray for awhile https://oily.life/katscorneressentiallysimple they are so potent it only takes a small amount! But I like this recipe using herbs and a vanilla bean!
What you’ll Need:
Fresh mint leaves
Fresh basil leaves
Vanilla bean, split [Here’s where I buy my vanilla beans]
Pint Mason Jar
Cut the lime into slices or quarters and place in the canning jar along with a handful of fresh-cut mint and basil leaves, torn slightly with your fingers to release their oils. Add the split vanilla bean, then fill the jar with white vinegar leaving at least 1/4″ headroom.
Set the jar in your pantry, cupboard or on the kitchen counter to ‘age’ for about two weeks, shaking every few days to reinvigorate the contents. When ready to use, strain the liquid into a squirt bottle and spray liberally wherever you see flies congregating – in your coop, run, barn, stall, feeding area – or even around your back patio or barbeque. Repeat as needed.