Homemade Squirrel Repellent

Real Estate Agent with Keller Williams Realty

Are squirrel's eating your flowers or digging up the soil?  Many times they are just looking for the moisture in the plant, so make water accessible to them in a nearby bird bath. If they persist, try this homemade repellent:


Fill a saucepan 1/2 to 3/4 full of water and put it on the burner to heat.  Chop two jalapeno peppers and one onion into small pieces and add to the pan and heat to boiling.  Add a tbsp of paprika and a tbsp of cayenne pepper. Simmer for 25 minutes, then remove for the heat and let it cool. 


Pour the mixture through a cheesecloth or strainer.  Pour the strained liquid into a spray bottle.  Spray this homemade repellent over your plants once a week.  As an added deterrent, you can also sprinkle some cayenne and paprika around the base of the plant.

Comments (4)

Michele Cadogan 917-861-9166
Fillmore Real Estate 2990 Av U, Bklyn , NY 11229 - Brooklyn, NY
Licensed Real Estate Associate Broker -


Thanks for sharing this repellent idea ill give it a try- regarding the bird Bath I have one but the squirrels seem more interested in the birds than the water. 

May 16, 2012 12:21 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Great suggestion! I've spent too much money on bulbs and then watched squirrels systematically dig them up and cart them away!

May 16, 2012 01:21 AM
Mark Artesani
Keller Williams Realty - Fountain Valley, CA
Huntington & Newport Beach, Fountain Valley Homes

Another thing I would have never thought of. Thanks for the tip. My wife will love this.

May 16, 2012 03:26 AM
Jacob Thomas, Weston, Davie, Coopercity, Southwest Ranches, Miramar Realtor
South Florida Estate Homes Inc - Weston, FL
South Florida Estate Homes Inc.

Thanks for sharing, I will be trying this one out

May 16, 2012 09:56 PM