How to Get Rid of FliesOne of the most interesting things to research online is how a common household cleaner can be used toreduce or eradicate flies. And find that everyone is rave about it.That cleaner is Shaklees Basic H. Now, the commonmisunderstanding is that Basic H is some sort of soap. Itsactually a biodegradable surfactant, derived from the naturalsurfactants found in corn and coconut. Basic-H is not soap ora detergent. Basic-H is 100% organic, non-flammable, non-toxic, and non-irritating (a neutral pH the same as skin,about 6.5). Basic-H is completely biodegradable, phosphate-free, non-volatile, and non-magnetic. The primaryingredients of Basic-H will quickly convert within a fewdays to water and carbon dioxide when in contact withnatural bacteria in water and soil.Surfactants make water "wetter". But it really just means thatit reduces the normal tension water has, and so allows it to interact with other elements and minerals moreeffectively. Basic-H is an effective cleaner because it lifts dirt and oil from surfaces and holds them insuspension so they can be wiped away. For flies and insects, this means they become more permeable. Sothey have (as well find out below) an aversion to the stuff. But unlike the chemical combinations producedby our modern-day industries, its perfectly safe as it will break down over time.And the most difficult thing about it is actually getting rid of it - because it comes in a highly concentratedform and very small amounts are used in cleaning.In the recipes Ive found for fly control, Basic H is usually used in much higher concentrations. But it willstill last a long time.Heres a partial list - just what Ive found to treat flies and related nuisances:Cow Spray: Use 1 part BASIC-H to 4 parts water as a non-toxic cow spray. Flies will leave your cowsalone. You can also use 4 ounces of BASIC-G and 1 quart of BASIC-H as your concentrate. Then take 1ounce of the above concentrate and mix with 1 gallon of water.White Flies and Aphids: One tsp. of BASIC-H per gallon of water kills aphids quickly, but nothing else.Horses: This is the most commented subject on the web. You can use it to spray areas where flies breed orcongregate, once they have been misted, they cant fly anymore and die. They hate it, and will not bother orbite horses who have been sprayed with it. You can make a diluted spray with 5-7 parts water and one partbasic H. PH is in the range of human and horse skin, so it is great for sensitive skinned horses and people.
"Just last year, my neighbor (who owns 12 horses), literally poisoned herself by spraying her horses with chemical fly spray. She inhaled enough of the residual chemicals to cause herself harm. Now she is a Basic H consumer for life!" Another horse-lover writes: "For daily shampoo, we drop one capful Basic H into two gallons warm water.Their coats are cleaner, they arent bothered by mosquitoes and theyre less susceptible to fungus infections. Flies appear to stay about 18" to 24" away from ahorse whos been bathed in Basic H. When turning a horse out into a paddock or field, we mix a quart Basic H to 3 parts water and spray the entire animal. It controls flies and mosquitoes all day." Other horse recipes include: • Shampoo: 1 tablespoon in 5 gallons of water. • Fly Spray: 2 oz in 12 oz of water. Use in 16 oz spray bottle. Shiny coats! • Clean Up: Basic-H is used to wash water buckets and tack off. - ½ tablespoon to 1 gallon of water. Horseflies: One rider writes: "I use about 1/3 Basic H to 2/3 water for the big black horseflies. When they are really bad, Ive gone to half and half (Basic H and water)."Gnats: take 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 2 tsp of sugar with a drop of basic H and put into a cup or jar.Cover with a tight cover of plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band. Poke a few (3-4) small holes ontop, swish the vinegar around and leave it on counter (or wherever they roam) and watch them collect afterawhile.Mosquitoes: Either apply it directly to the skin (do NOT get it in the eyes) or cut it half-and-half with water.As above, it will act as a repellant. And when you come inside, it will wash right off. Its also useful as full-strength on any insect bite to reduce itching.One dog lover contributed: "We have mosquitos in Michigan too and I use the basic H on my dogs to keep the flies and mosquitos away. She used to run away from me when she would see me coming with the commercial stuff, but when I go out with "her spray bottle" she will come right up and wait to be sprayed."Fleas and Ticks: Apply 1 cap full of Basic-H or squirt full-strength to affected area on pet with fleas then shampoo;Basic-H drowns fleas and stops itching. Lather up hair andwait 5 to 10 minutes (suds will be low), then rinse off. Flea
dip and shampoo all in one. One owner reported that the chemical combinations left her dog rolling in theyard trying to get them off her fur, but would come running to get treated after experiencing Basic H.(You dont want to use this remedy with cats, due to the way they clean themselves.)Yard Spray to Rid of Fleas: In hose bottle (like Orthos), fill with water, add ½ teaspoon of Basic-H & 1cap full of Basic-G. Attach to hose & spray yard every 10 days for 3 applications. Use twice a year thereafterto control. Rinse all plants thoroughly.Note: Please note that Shaklee only endorses human use of their products for cleaning applications. Shakleeproducts are not tested on animals, nor are they licensed for use with animals. However pet owners all overthe country on their own have used different Shaklee products with their pets and reported excellent results.Basic H® Classic Basic-G® Concentrated Germicide Basic H® ClassicEfficient, powerful, safe, Tackles over 40 microbes, including Efficient, powerful, safe,biodegradable, and economical, several animal viruses. Excellent choice biodegradable, and economical,the worlds most versatile for use in the kitchen, bathroom, or pet the worlds most versatilecleaner. area. EPA registered cleaner.Size: 30 gallon Size: 32 oz. Size: 5 gallon