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How to get rid of horse flies with tea tree oil

Updated July 20, 2017

Tea tree oil is used in many natural insect repellents and home remedies to dispel horse flies and other flying insects. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia or paper bark tree. The tree or large shrub is a native species of Australia were the diluted oil has been used as an antiseptic and natural insect repellent by Aboriginal peoples for centuries. Tea tree oil can be combined with carrier substances to create a topical horse fly repellent or be used around the home to get rid of flying insects.

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  1. Pour 59.1ml. of tea tree oil into 1 cup of warm water. Stir the mixture with a spoon.

  2. Pour the mixture into a large spray bottle with a funnel. Fill the remainder of the bottle up with warm water. Secure the top on the bottle. Shake the bottle to mix the repellent.

  3. Spray the mixture onto your skin. Rub the solution into your skin gently.

  4. Combine 1 tbsp of green soap with 1 tsp of tea tree oil in a bowl. Stir 1 tbsp of rubbing alcohol into the mixture with a spoon.

  5. Pour the mixture into a large spray bottle using a funnel. Fill the reminder of the spray bottle with water. Secure the top onto the bottle. Shake the bottle gently to mix the repellent.

  6. Spray the repellent around windows, patios, seating areas, barns, horse stalls and gardens to repel horse flies and gnats.

  7. Tip

    Topical fly repellent can be used on pets and horses as well as humans. A teaspoon of Neem oil can be added to household repellents to heighten the repelling abilities of the spray.


    Tea tree oil may cause skin irritation on some people and animals. Test a small patch of skin before applying topical solutions to the skin. Do not use household fly repellent on skin.

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Things You'll Need

  • Tea Tree Oil
  • Cup
  • Spoon
  • Large Spray bottle
  • Funnel
  • Tablespoon
  • Green soap
  • Teaspoon
  • Bowl
  • Rubbing alcohol

About the Author

Colby Hartke has been writing since 2004. Specializing in music, veterinary health and auto repairs, his articles have appeared on various websites. Hartke studied pre-med at Shepherd University.

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