Not only can squirrels chew up your patio furniture , they can also make your family and pets sick. Squirrels like to chew on anything and everything, leave bits of leaves and twigs around, and use your outdoor furniture as a bathroom.
With your hedge clippers, cut back any trees or bushes that give squirrels access to your house. Put porcupine wire over the areas that the squirrels usually sit. Spread a tactile repellent like “Birds Away” on the areas the squirrels chew on. Spray a taste deterrent like “Ropel” on the house siding.
Cats dislike the smell of vinegar, making it the perfect ingredient for your homemade repellent. You can use a small spray bottle to mix one part of white vinegar, one part of water and one part of liquid hand soap. The mixture is safe to spray on your outdoor furniture , including cushions.
There are a few natural repellents that will keep squirrels from chewing on plastic shutters. Pepper. Pepper is a natural repellent that will keep squirrels away, and a homemade solution can be made for a few dollars. Mothballs. Mothballs are another inexpensive, natural repellent for squirrels . Ammonia.
Place fresh coffee grounds together with plant bulbs to keep squirrels from digging up potted bulbs. Plant the bulbs as directed and place discarded bedding from rabbits on top of the soil. The combination of odors from the coffee grounds and the rabbit bedding can be an effective squirrel repellent.
Most rodents are repelled by the smell of peppermint. You can purchase peppermint oil and rub it on your window sill and window screen to repel the squirrels away, or put a peppermint plant in or under the window where they like to gather. Squirrels are also not fond of the smell or taste of hot peppers.
NATURAL SQUIRREL REPELLENT IDEAS Hot pepper plants. Cayenne pepper on the leaves of plants. Peppermint essential oil on cotton balls in the garden. Garlic and vinegar spray (hard surfaces) Apple cider vinegar spray (hard surfaces) Motion detector lights. Large statues in the garden. High Frequency sound machines.
Natural Squirrel Repellents Try sprinkling cayenne pepper, pepper flakes, and/or garlic pepper on and around your plants when they are ready to bloom. After getting a taste, squirrels won’t dare eat anything with cayenne—which you can often buy in bulk.
Scents like white pepper , black pepper , and garlic are naturally unpleasant to a squirrel. The same goes for sweet smells such as peppermint . Try spraying your plants and flowers with water and then sprinkling on pepper or peppermint oil to deter squirrels.
Ammonia – Dogs and cats absolutely detest the smell of ammonia . Buy some cloudy ammonia and dilute with 10 parts water. Spray around the garden and yard but always do a small test before applying to plants. Ultrasonic noise devices.
Quick Tips: Put out fragrances that keep cats away. Scatter fresh orange or lemon peels. Wet coffee grounds—which you may be able to get for free from coffee houses and fast food chains—and metal pans filled with vinegar also deter cats .
If there is a vacant space, block it off by hanging hardware cloth or wire mesh over openings so rodents can’t chew their way inside. In enclosed spaces, like storage sheds, or underneath furniture covers, you can use our line of natural pest repellents, Stay Away®.
A reader who wanted to stop the little varmints from digging up his plants discovered aluminum foil works very well as a squirrel repellent. A layer of aluminum foil is all the squirrel repellent you need on potted plants.
Consider spraying your trees with a taste repellent such as Ropel, cinnamon/cinnamon oil, or capsaicin. Be sure that the label allows its use on plants. (Be doubly sure to follow directions, and never use the product on plants intended for human consumption.) Third, fence the plants so that squirrels can’t get to them.