13 Home Remedies For Keeping Squirrels Away

Squirrels may be a major thorn in your side. They use enormous amounts of time eating and digging in your garden (or bird feeder) – but what can you do?

You can take major steps and set out poison, but that has its drawbacks.

You can try and trap them, but that has its drawbacks too.

Or, you can try and ward off them with simple things found around your house.

People have found all types of things that can be used for repelling squirrels, but as with all things – some work for some people and not for others.

Take for example – mothballs. They used to be the number one choice to ward off squirrels. Some people nevertheless swear by them, but the consensus now is that moth balls are absolutely useless.

So what can you use?

A survey of the net found the following 13 home remedies that people have used to ward off squirrels.

  • Nutmeg and cinnamon
  • Peppermint oil
  • Capacin
  • Jalapeño peppers (mashed in blender)
  • Serrano peppers (mashed in blender)
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Chili powder
  • Tabasco sauce
  • WD-40
  • Aspirins and peanut butter (grind 100 aspirins and mix with peanut butter)
  • Dog hair clumps
  • Hair clippings
  • Used cat litter (placed around plants)

Some of these items you would place around your plants. Things like chili powder, cayenne pepper and similar things can be mixed with bird seed. Believe it or not, these hot spices don’t bother birds but their unruly squirrel pals can’t stand it.

If one home cure does not work, try another. As said earlier, some people have more success with some than others.

As a last resort, there are commercial repellents which you can buy at your local hardware store. These clearly will cost more but are a stronger repellent and may have a better effect.

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