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Pine-Sol for ticks, flies and gnats?

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  • Pine-Sol for ticks, flies and gnats?

    I'd never heard of this. Was trail riding and in the parking lot suddenly was overwhelmed with the smell. Person at the trailer next to me was spraying their horse and I laughingly commented that it smelled like Pine-Sol...to which they replied "It is! Best stuff you can use for gnats, flies and ticks. Hell of a lot cheaper that that fly spray stuff at the tack stores!"

    Evidently this person uses it straight, does not dilute it and has been using it for years. I would think it would be very irritating to the horse's skin etc.

    I've heard of using Listerine...but not Pine-Sol. I mean...that's what I use to clean my floors and toilets!
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    well, I know of a fellow around here, leader in a sense of the redneck trail riding community, who swears by POURING KEROSENE in horse's ears for ticks or God knows what.

    Pine oil is an eye irritant, and my own bottle of pine cleaner warns to wear gloves if you have sensitive skin, but I dont think its especially toxic. Many "natural" or botanical fly repellants are made from stinky plant oils so pine could work, but I'd spot test it first and dilute it quite a bit if I were going to try this trick.

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    • #3
      From what I read you have to use the origianl formulation which is 8% pine oil, so personally I wouldn't feel the need to dilute it. ther other ingredients are petrolium based and alcohols, which are described as surfactants, which is what soap is. Personally, if I wanted the pine oil, I'd try to find it and make up my own formulation of some kind of fly spray. I don't know if the other ingredients add to the effiveness or not. Its an interesting idea, though.
      Airborne? Oh. Yes, he can take a joke. Once. After that, the joke's on you.

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      • #4
        Back in the day, the TB trainer I worked for used a dash of pine oil in a 5 gallon bucket of water to wash the horses off after they worked in the morning.
        "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

        ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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        • #5
          I used to use a homemade fly spray that consisted of..

          1/3 water
          1/3 vinegar
          1/3 Pine Oil (pine scent only, lemon didn't work)

          It worked pretty well, and my mare who is allergic to like half of the fly sprays I've bought in stores for her, never had a problem with it.

          Now I have switched to a spray with simply vinegar, citronella and eucalyptus oil. It's a bit cheaper than the pine sol concoction.
          Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by sublimequine View Post
            I used to use a homemade fly spray that consisted of..

            1/3 water
            1/3 vinegar
            1/3 Pine Oil (pine scent only, lemon didn't work)
            I think instead of water I use 1/3 skin so soft. Add some citronella for a better smell. It DOES work well. Our old guy doesn't like traditional fly sprays, and this is a lot cheaper I'll even put it in a big sprayer and spray the stall walls and such. Smells better than the traditional fly spray, too.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by FatPalomino View Post
              I think instead of water I use 1/3 skin so soft. Add some citronella for a better smell. It DOES work well. Our old guy doesn't like traditional fly sprays, and this is a lot cheaper I'll even put it in a big sprayer and spray the stall walls and such. Smells better than the traditional fly spray, too.
              Yeah I've used a splash of SSS before, but it ups the price and is a pain to buy since it's not at Walmart or anything.
              Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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              • #8
                Pine-Sol can take the finish off of certain surfaces if you use too much --don't think I'd be using it on a horse, if I loved that horse!

                A dash in a five gallon bucket of water is a lot different than spraying it on the horse full strength. People just never cease to amaze me in what they think is acceptable to use on a horse. I'm sure if you contacted the Pine-Sol people they would tell you not to use it on any animal.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Cherry View Post
                  Pine-Sol can take the finish off of certain surfaces if you use too much --don't think I'd be using it on a horse, if I loved that horse!

                  A dash in a five gallon bucket of water is a lot different than spraying it on the horse full strength. People just never cease to amaze me in what they think is acceptable to use on a horse. I'm sure if you contacted the Pine-Sol people they would tell you not to use it on any animal.
                  And just where did I say use Pine Sol full strength? It was diluted with vinegar and water. Used it all summer for a few years in a row on multiple horses, never had a problem.

                  I also fail to see how Pine Sol is that different than spraying a horse with insecticide. Take your snark elsewhere, it's unattractive.

                  EDIT; I do see that the OP refers to using it full strength. But considering all the responses have been suggestions of using it diluted somehow, my opinion still stands.
                  Tell a Gelding. Ask a Stallion. Discuss it with a Mare... Pray if it's a Pony!

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                  • #10
                    I would like to hear from more people that have actually used it themselves.

                    A boarder at my last barn used to use it on her horse and although I never saw any ill effects, I just couldn't bring myself to follow suit. It sure would be economical though...
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                    • #11
                      I have always thought that Repel-X fly spray smells like Pinesol.

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                      • #12
                        We use this on my horse. It is a 9 in 1 dilution and works wonderful. The little chestnut pony on the property has the most amazing spring coat on her that looks like she has a gallon of show sheen on her. It isn't slippery or anything but they shine and it works!

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Cherry View Post
                          Pine-Sol can take the finish off of certain surfaces if you use too much --don't think I'd be using it on a horse, if I loved that horse!

                          A dash in a five gallon bucket of water is a lot different than spraying it on the horse full strength. People just never cease to amaze me in what they think is acceptable to use on a horse. I'm sure if you contacted the Pine-Sol people they would tell you not to use it on any animal.

                          Oh, this wasn't Pine-Sol--it was straight up pine oil disinfectant--probably worse.

                          None of the horses had skin issues from the dilute solution, it seemed to minimize the skin crud from using the same tack on multiple horses (we galloped them in sets), and I don't think it's killed any of us who handled it regularly.

                          But I agree that it is amusing, at the least, to see folks have the vapors over approved and tested fly repellants, and then use some witches' brew of unapproved constituents...
                          "It's like a Russian nesting doll of train wrecks."--CaitlinandTheBay

                          ...just settin' on the Group W bench.

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                          • #14
                            Pine Sol's main active ingredient is pine oil. And it's got to be REAL Pine Sol, not lemon scent, not generics. Only the real deal has the highest % of pine oil as the ACTIVE ingredient. The other stuff has other cleaners...

                            I use it. Not straight. Mayb 2 oz, mixed with vinegar & water.

                            Have sensitive skinned horses who do fabulously with it, but citronella is awful.

                            Neem works better but is an abortifacent.

                            Pine Oil works far better for biting insects--deer flies, horse flies, moose flies, black flies, noseeums--than any commercial preparation I've tried short of 30% DEET.

                            In weighing evils, I like Pine Oil better than DEET.
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                              #15
                              Well...just goes to show you that you can learn something new everyday!

                              While trail riding today we were literally swarmed and harassed the entire ride by blood sucking deer flies. A commercial fly spray and liberal application of Deo-lotion did very little to repel them.

                              A dilution of the Pine-Sol with vinegar and water might be worth trying.

                              I've never looked for it, but where would you find the Pine or Eucalyptus oils? I really like eucalyptus.
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                              • #16
                                i have used the pine sol mix with mineral oil......use it in stalls and horses.....but the oil made it too gooey to use hand sray bottle, had to use the pressure pump bug spray tank.....
                                ner thought of useing vinegar with it..........will have to try that one

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                                • #17
                                  I discovered the PineSol solution last summer and it's worked great! I also use the 1/3 PineSol 1/3 vinegar 1/3 water formula. I've used it on my sensitive TB and he has no reactions whatsoever. I mix it in a gallon jug and just refill spray bottles. I spray once daily. I usually spray down my wheelbarrow with it too, as it seems to cut down on the flies until I can dump it. I buy the Pinsol in large sizes at Home Depot for about $11 & the gallon of vinegar for $5 at Walmart. That makes 3 gallons (12 quarts) of fly spray at a total cost of $16!
                                  Cindy

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                                  • #18
                                    You can buy oils at your local Organic market.. we have the at quite a few places around here. And you can always order them on the internet!

                                    There's a great thread on here about the Secret Fly Spray Recipe - make the donation to Leukemia and Thomas will email it to you. I did it - and i have NEVER regretted it.

                                    Best of luck to you!
                                    Proud owner of a Spicy mare!!

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                                    • #19
                                      well I know it kills flies because as I clean the cabinets in the feed room I get mad at the flies and drench them in it. Kills them dead!!!! (southern saying!)
                                      "ronnie was the gifted one, victor was the brilliant intellect, and i [GM], well, i am the plodder."

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                                      • #20
                                        So some of you mention "pine oil" and others say "Pine Sol" the brand....where does one get pine oil, since it seems to be a different product?

                                        Not that I begrudge paying $20+ for a eetle bottle of fly spray.
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