Homemade Squirrel Repellent - Tips, Ideas and Recipes

Are you looking for a guide to help you make your own homemade squirrel repellent?

Most of the cartoons on television show a cute squirrel jumping from tree to tree with loads of nuts crammed into their cheeks. These squirrels have fantastically naughty natures and their personalities are always fun loving and energetic.

However, the real thing is something quite different. Squirrels love to eat anything that is growing in your garden, from lettuce leaves, carrot tops and flowers, to your prized bulbs which you planted with such care.

That's why you need homemade squirrel repellents!

The first step to getting rid of these not-so-cute squirrels is to build a fence enclosing your garden. The fence should have small holes that prevent the squirrels from squeezing through, and should ideally be cemented into the ground at the bottom. Try to avoid using wood as a material to build your fence, as these little critters will find a way to eat right through it. Alternatively, you can use wire fencing with small holes, and paint the fencing to make it look more attractive.

You can use plants like marigolds, geraniums and lavender bushes to make the fence look pretty, and the odor from these plants will most likely function as a homemade squirrel repellent and help keep the squirrels at bay too.

Creepers will also help to fill the holes in the fencing, and if you choose a lavender or forget-me-not creeper, you can make it look attractive and fill your garden with pleasant aromas too. A fence provides the perfect trellis for keeping your chilli plants upright - all you need to do is thread the plant through the holes in the wire while the plant is growing and you will have a stunning green and red picturesque fence.

You can mix a spray that you can apply to all your plants, trees and bulbs every week, which will help to stop those pesky squirrels in their tracks. All you need for such a homemade squirrel repellent are onions, chilies, cayenne pepper and paprika, which you bring to the boil in a pot.

Once the mixture has cooled to room temperature, you can pour it through a strainer and into a spray bottle. Spray your plants with this homemade squirrel repellent thoroughly, and you can pour some around your newly made fence too. The smell of the mixture and the sharp taste will most definitely keep the squirrels from gnawing at your plants.

If that mixture didn't work too well, then try this idea, which is a stronger mixture and has a sharper odor with a much hotter taste. Combine cayenne powder, chili powder and hot sauce in equal amounts in a bowl. Stir in a small quantity of Murphy's Oil Soap until thoroughly mixed. Dilute this mixture in warm water and make sure you blend all the ingredients well.

Pour this into a spray bottle, but make sure you use a clean, dry spray bottle which has no residue of other chemicals in it. Ensure that you wear gloves while you spray your plants until they are soaked in the mixture. It will take a few days for the squirrels to realize that your garden is not their personal restaurant, but the wait is definitely worth it!

By using these ideas, hints and tips for homemade squirrel repellents, you can easily keep those cute little squirrels away from destroying your garden.

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