19 Home Remedies to Get Rid of Squirrels

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Squirrels can be found anywhere frequently. If they have set up residence on your property, then it can be very difficult to get rid of them. These small creatures reproduce quickly and soon multiply.  They turn your garden into a hell by destroying newly grown floral bulbs and eating fruits and young leaves. Squirrels can also bring health hazards. The risk of salmonella infection increases when a person comes in contact with the urine and feces of the squirrel. They can even cause fleas and give ticks to your pets. So, before squirrels create a mess, get rid of them using the following simple home remedies.

Home Remedies for Squirrels

1. Safflower

Safflower seeds are bitter in taste, and squirrels don’t like them. To keep these rodents away from the bird feeder, put safflower seeds in it. These seeds don’t cause any harm to the birds.

2. Motion Activated Sprinklers

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

3. Strobe Lights

Strobe lights irritate the squirrels a lot. You can fit them anywhere from your attic to possible hiding places. These lights are environment-friendly and do not harm anyone.

4. Squirrel Trap

Put some sunflower seeds or any other food (like nuts and a few apple slices) in a trap. Keep this trap at the squirrel-infested place. Once the rodent gets entrapped, release it in a faraway area.

5. Hot Peppers

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 sprinkle the mixture onto the plant beds. It will keep the squirrels at bay.

6. Moth Balls

These balls are made up of naphthalene flakes, which help repel the squirrels. Place moth balls at the places which are infested by the squirrels.

7. Jalapeno Pepper

Take a spray bottle. Add jalapeno pepper, vinegar, and water to it. Shake it well. Use this spray to get rid of squirrels in the attic.

8. Cayenne / Chili Pepper

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 

Crush a few aspirins to make a fine powder. Add peanut butter to it. Spread the paste around the flower pots in your garden.

10. Fox Urine 

Spray fox urine in the corners of the attic and near the plants in your garden. It works as a natural squirrel repellent. You can buy fox urine online or from a zoo.

11. Apple Cider Vinegar

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

12. Fencing

Squirrels can easily nibble the wires. Therefore, instead of wire fence, use electric fence around your garden.

13. Dog or Human Hair

Put dog or human hair clumps in your bird feeder, chimneys, potted plants and the areas infested by the squirrels. It is an easy squirrel repellent home remedy.

14. Use Ammonia-Soaked Rags

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.

15. Cat Litter

Looking for natural squirrel-repellent? Use cat litter at all the places from where the squirrels can access.

16. Ultrasonic Sound Repellent

Put an ultrasonic sound repellent device inside the attic. It is one of the most useful methods to get rid of squirrels. These devices produce sound waves of high frequency that drive away these rodents.

17. Peppermint Oil

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

18. Citrus Peel or Fruit Compost

Citrus peels or fruits that have turned into the compost, work to deter the squirrels.

19. Nutmeg and Cinnamon

Take nutmeg and cinnamon in equal parts and grind them to make a powder. Sprinkle this powder to keep the squirrels away.

Do’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.

Don’ts

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

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