Homemade Squirrel Repellent: Keeping Squirrels Out Naturally and Safely

Homemade Squirrel Repellent Keeping Squirrels Out Naturally and SafelySquirrels are super cute with their chubby cheeks and bushy tails, but they’re not so cute when they’re using your garden as an all you can eat buffet.  After working long and hard on your garden, it can be heartbreaking to see all that go down the drain.  Let’s face it, squirrels are a part of nature, and as an organic gardener, using a homemade squirrel repellent can be an effective and natural solution.

Like the solutions in this cat repellent article, these methods will not harm any animals.  All the methods and recipes are safe and natural  for all the animals and plants involved.  You and your family will be safe too.

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A Simple Homemade Squirrel Repellent Recipe

Squirrels have a very strong sense of smell and detest the smell of cayenne pepper.  Given these facts, it makes sense for cayenne pepper to be an integral part of our recipe.  Because it’s cheap and easily available, this recipe won’t cost much to make.

Cayenne pepper is also included in many commercial squirrel repellents.  Why buy commercial when you can easily make your own homemade squirrel repellent?  Making your own with your own ingredients is more economical and natural.

Just some safety precautions: Wear some protective gloves when working with the hot peppers.  Capsaicin, the active ingredient, can cause irritation.

Related:  Cat Repellent Options To Keep Cats Out Of Your Garden

Ingredients you’ll need

1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper powder

2 garlic clove minced

1 jalapeno pepper chopped

A teaspoon of paprika

1.5 to 1.75 quarts of water


Get a 2 quart pot and fill it with the water.  Bring it to a bowl.

Add the vegetables and spices to the water.  Cover and cook on medium heat for about 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes is over, let it cool.

Once cooled, run the liquid through a strainer to get the vegetable chunks out.

Next, use a funnel to pour the liquid into a spray bottle.


Spray the mixture anywhere you want the squirrels to stay away from: around garden beds, around plants, fruit trees, and even bird feeders.  Birds don’t have the same sense of taste as squirrels so they won’t be harmed by the peppers.

Once every 2 or 3 days, re-spray.  Also re-spray after it rains.

As mentioned before, squirrels hate the smell of peppers and this has been an effective solution for gardeners over the ages.  Of course no solution is 100% guaranteed, but if you stay vigilant, the damaged caused by squirrels could be kept to a minimum.

Other options

Some gardeners will put some squirrel treats and water on their property away from their garden.  This gives squirrels some food and water and acts as a distraction.  This could also attract other critters, so weigh the pros and cons if you decide to take this step.

Let us know if you’ve got squirrels in your garden wreaking havoc on your fruits and vegetables.  Also let us know if you’ve tried a homemade squirrel repellent and what your results were.

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  1. I have problems with the critters digging in my potted plants. With my neighbor feeding them they bury the nuts in my pots. In doing so dig up my plants!! The spray will do no good unless I use it on the soil. The plants do not like it and die. What then? I have tried this before and had dead plants or dug up one’s!!

  2. I made your squirrel, It was so easy to make and actually smelled wonderful. Alas, it has not worked in keeping the squirrels away my bird feeding station. I have heavily sprayed the pole several times. Those little guys just climb right up the pole without issues. Thank you for posting. It was worth a shot.

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