2B is a strong, water resistant, natural insect repellent effective against all biting insects including mosquitoes, sand flies, black flies, stable flies, horse flies, midges, lice, ticks, mites and no-see-ums.
Much stronger than Citronella based repellents, 2B harnesses the power of Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus, recognised and approved by the CDC as the worlds most powerful natural insect repellent and comparable in performance to the chemical based repellents. 2B repels ants and is safe on human skin, see here for our human options. 2B will not damage plastics, leather or gortex.
For the very best in insect repellents….buy 2B. Your horse will thank you for it.
Why choose 2B?
- It really works!
- Much longer lasting than citronella based repellents, 2B will give up to 12 hours protection.
- The coconut oil makes it water resistant. It absorbs into the skin so won’t wash off in the rain, or when sweating.
- It works on all biting insects including mosquitoes, sand flies, black flies, stable flies, horse flies, lice, ticks, mites and no-see-ums.
- It is 100% natural.
- It is a light oil that is easy to apply, goes a long way and isn’t greasy. Great for you and your horse.
A natural oil extracted from the leaves and twigs of lemon-scented gum/eucalyptus trees, Eucalyptus Citriodora Hook. Wonderful smelling and the most powerful natural repellent on earth.
There have been numerous field trials conducted on Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus around the World, and it has proven effective against all biting insects including mosquitoes, sand flies, black flies, stable flies, horse flies, midges, lice, ticks, mites and no-see-ums.
One of the World’s favourite aromas, its rich base notes balance out the citrus scent of Lemongrass and Lemon Eucalyptus. Vanilla also works as a fixative. In 2B we use an oil based form of natural Vanilla – it isn’t cheap but it is the very best in quality and effectiveness.
Fractionated Coconut Oil is thinner than the unrefined oil, and is water resistant without feeling greasy. It is practically odourless, as well as able to withstand very high heat and remain liquid at room temperature. It has a very long shelf life and greatly increased stability over the unrefined oil. It also has more of an antioxidant and disinfecting effect. These factors combined make it the perfect carrier oil.
Lemongrass Oil is an effective insect repellent in its own right, aside from its many uses as an antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory. In combination with Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus you have a powerful and safe insect repellent.
Endemic to New Zealand, Kawakawa (Piper excelsum) is readily found in the native bush and has been valued for centuries for its healing properties. The oils in kawakawa leaves have been shown to have anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial & antiseptic properties.
Kawakawa leaves have also traditionally been used topically for numerous conditions including bruises, rheumatism, dry skin, irritated skin, and minor cuts and infections.
- Spray into your hands and apply to sensitive areas, such as the underside of the barrel, the chest and under the jaw, or wherever the horse is suffering. Ensure you rub it in and get full coverage for maximum protection.
- Avoid eyes and the area above.
- Safe for use on broken skin.
- Daily use should suffice. However in extreme conditions two or three applications are perfectly safe.
- Store out of direct sunlight or extreme heat.
- Removal of manure, rotten bedding, spilt feed and standing water from stables disrupts insect breeding and reduces their numbers.
- Keep muck heaps away from where your horse sleeps and grazes.
- Make sure there are no puddles near the stables.
- Stable your horse in mornings and evenings when most flies are about.
- Having fans in the barn can also help since most small biting insects are weak fliers – horses will generally turn into the fans.
- If netting is to be used in the stalls be sure to look for very fine mesh that can keep out sandflies and tiny “no-see-ums”.
- A clean, well groomed horse will generally attract fewer flies.
- Outdoors, horse screens may be used, which also provide valuable sun protection.
- Regular manure clearance from paddocks helps keep insects and insect breeding down – even breaking up manure exposing it to sunlight and rain helps.
- Chickens around paddocks will help to break up the horse manure, fertilize the paddock and eat any insect larvae.
- Insects thrive in moist warm conditions and many breed in standing water, so horses will be most comfortable being able to move away from saturated ground.
- Consider keeping some goldfish in the water troughs to eat any mosquito larvae or worms.
- Only use products that are designed for use on or around horses.