19 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Squirrels

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Squirrels are rodents that are widespread across the world. Unlike their close cousins the chipmunk or groundhog, these pests have taken to the trees and they can quickly turn your garden or yard into a hell by destroying newly grown floral bulbs, eating fruits and young leaves and removing tree bark. There is a risk of salmonella infection if you come into contact with the urine and feces of the squirrel and as some squirrels find their way into your home and attic, this is not good. They can even cause fleas and give ticks to your pets. However, if you want to know how to get rid of squirrels, then we’ve got you covered. Our natural home remedies for squirrels will clear your garden or yard of these pests for good.

home remedies to get rid of squirrelsHow to get rid of Squirrels

1. Safflower

safflowerSafflower seeds are bitter in taste, and squirrels don’t like them. To deter squirrels away from the bird feeder, put safflower seeds in it.

These seeds don’t cause any harm to the birds.

2. Motion Activated Sprinklers

sprinklerIf you have squirrels in your garden, then it is a good method to get rid of them. The sprinkler does not harm them. It just scares them,  protecting your garden from destruction.

Motion activated sprinklers can be purchased from any good hardware store.

3. Strobe Lights

strobeAs a method to get rid of squirrels, this is certainly the most technical but it does work.

Strobe lights irritate squirrels a lot. Fit them high up on the house or in trees. You can also get motion activated switches as strobe lighting on all day is too much for humans as well.

These lights are environmentally-friendly and do not harm anyone.

4. Squirrel Trap

trapPut some sunflower seeds or any other food (like nuts and a few apple slices) in a trap. There are several designs of squirrel trap you can try, most of which are humane.

Keep the trap in a squirrel-infested area. Once the rodent gets entrapped, release it in a far away area.

5. Hot Peppers and garlic

garlic and chillyOne home remedy to get rid of squirrels is to use natural noxious substances. The capsicum in pepper and the allicin garlic is irritant to squirrels as it is to humans.

Mix finely grounded hot peppers and garlic cloves together, in equal parts.

Add water to the mix and prepare a spray. Transfer it to a spray bottle and spray the mixture onto the plant beds, tree trunks and anywhere squirrels go.  It will repel squirrels in areas that it is sprayed.

6. Moth Balls

mothballIf you’ve ever had a moth infestation and have used mothballs, you will know how bad these things smell. These balls contain a substance called naphthalene which is noxious to squirrels.

You can use mothballs as a home remedy to repel squirrels by placing in areas which are infested by the squirrels.

7. Jalapeno Pepper

jalepenoJalapeno pepper can be used on its own as a remedy to get rid of squirrels. Take a spray bottle and add crushed jalapeno pepper, vinegar, and water to it.

Shake it well and again spray liberally over squirrel prone areas. For those that want to know how to get rid of squirrels in the attic, this is a good remedy. The vinegar loses its smell outside but adds to the noxious aroma of the pepper in the attic.

8. Cayenne / Chili Pepper

cayenne pepperThere is one more home remedy to get rid of squirrels using pepper. This time it is using cayenne powder to deter the pests.

Mix some birdseed and a tablespoon of cayenne powder or chili pepper. Fill the bird feeder with the prepared mixture. It won’t harm the birds, but will repel the squirrels.

9. Aspirin and Peanut Butter 

aspirin peanut butterAspirin is toxic to squirrels so be aware that this remedy can kill squirrels or certainly make them sick. If you are fine with that, crush several aspirins to make a fine powder. Add peanut butter to it to use as a squirrel bait.

Spread the paste around the flower pots, tree trunks, and branches in your garden.

10. Fox Urine 

foxThis is another great remedy to get rid of squirrels in the attic. Squirrels have many natural predators and use their agility in open space to avoid being caught.

The smell of fox urine in an enclosed space spells immediate danger. Squirrels simply won’t put themselves in a tight space with predators nearby.

To get rid of squirrels in attic, spray fox urine near the holes where the squirrels are entering. You can buy fox urine online or from a zoo.

11. Apple Cider Vinegar

apple cider vinegarVinegar is another natural squirrel repellent that you can use to protect plants and trees, but also to deter squirrels from your attic.

Pour apple cider vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it on the flower pots, branches, near the holes in your attic, small crevices, and where squirrels are frequently found. These pesky creatures can’t bear the pungent acidic smell.

12. Fencing

electric fenceSquirrels can easily climb over any normal garden fencing. Even standard wire mesh can be nibbled through.

If you want to use fencing to keep squirrels out of your yard, electric fencing is the only fencing that works.

13. Dog or Human Hair

human hairThe smell of predators is one of the best remedies to repel squirrels. Hair, either human or collected from your pet dog, will do the trick.

Put dog or human hair clumps in your bird feeder, chimneys, potted plants and the areas infested by the squirrels.

14. Use Ammonia-Soaked Rags

ammoniaAmmonia can be used to deter squirrels. The smell is noxious to just about every living thing. Dip some old rags into the ammonia and place them in the areas where squirrels visit frequently.

The smell of ammonia will keep them away from your property as long as the ammonia remains.

15. Cat Litter

catCat little is a great natural squirrel repellent. Again, the smell of a predator will scare them away. Spreading used cat littler around your yard is not advised due to hygiene issues and the risk of toxoplasmosis.

However, you can use it to keep squirrels out of the attic by placing it near entrance holes.

16. Ultrasonic Sound Repellent

ultra sonicAnother great remedy to get rid of squirrels in your attic is ultrasound. Place an ultrasonic sound repellent device inside the attic. Squirrels hear in much higher frequencies than humans and while the device is inaudible to man, squirrels can’t bear it.

It is one of the most effective methods to get rid of squirrels.

17. Peppermint Oil

peppermint oilThe smell of peppermint, delightful to the human nose, is detested by squirrels. The mint family of flowers uses its scent to ward off animals and it works on squirrels.

Take as many cotton balls as required and wet them in the peppermint oil. Keep these balls in the places where squirrels are found.

18. Citrus Peel or Fruit Compost

lemon peelCitrus peels or fruits are another natural scent that humans love, but animals will avoid. Composted fruit peels work best but you can use fresh peel to deter the squirrels. As before, place is areas where squirrels frequent.

19. Nutmeg and Cinnamon

nutmeg cinnamonTake nutmeg and cinnamon in equal parts and grind them to make a powder. Sprinkle this powder to keep the squirrels away. This is another remedy that works best in an enclosed space such as an attic.

The smell of these spices outdoors probably won’t be enough to deter squirrels.

how to get rid of squirrelsDo’s

  • Attach squirrel guard to the bird feeder.
  • If there are cracks in the wall, repair them.
  • Keep your attic clean and there should not be anything that is appetizing for the squirrels.
  • Close the openings of ventilation with netting.
  • Place a guard over your chimney so that the squirrels can’t enter.
  • Call pest control department if you have a family of squirrels, and you are unable to get rid of them.


  • Do not place feeders close to trees in your garden.


  1. I have found the best way is to shoot them! Every thing in this article I have tried and NONE of it has worked! Sorry if I offend anybody but the real solution is am air soft gun!

    • While it is true, squirrels can be extreme pests, it is important to remember that they are only trying to find food for survival, just as all animals are. You cannot expect to put a buffet out for birds and expect all other animals to stay away. I found it frustrating myself, as I have tried most of the remedies on this list without success. I finally beat them, however, without relying on a gun to shoot them. It is simple: use skinny wire to hang your feeders on branches and in locations where the squirrel can’t jump onto the feeders (away from tree trunks, etc.), or weak limbs that will wobble when the squirrel tries to climb down to the feeder. Make a hole in a soda bottle, or other large plastic bottle and thread the wire used to hang the feeder through the bottle, so the bottle acts as a barrier to the feeder. you can also use a large flat plastic lid which goes to a storage container to act as a barrier. Simply put a hole in the middle and suspend it above the feeder, The lid will wobble and flap every time the breeze blows. Squirrels cannot grip onto the plastic and they will fall off before they get to the feeder. It is the only thing that has worked for me. The squirrels are now left with no choice but to eat off the ground.

  2. Citrus peels do not repel squirrels. Our squirrels climb the orange tree and eat through the orange peels to the fruit, They eat 1/2 of the orange, peel and all!

  3. I have an outside cat, and when I go away, a neighbor gives him his canned food in the morning (he is waiting for this) and leaves dry food in a self feeder for later in the day. The squirrels come and dismantle the self feeder, toss it aside and, of course, eat the dry food. I have told the cat that he must eat the dry food before the squirrels come, but he doesn’t listen to me. I am going to try to attach a food bowl to the deck so it cannot be upended by the squirrels, and will direct the care giver to just put in one portion of dry food per day. I am wondering if any of the listed remedies would repel the squirrels, but not the cat and also not be harmful to the cat. Any ideas would be appreciated.


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