How to Make Homemade Squirrel Repellent


Although squirrels can be fun to watch and their antics amusing, the furry creatures can also be destructive pests that can do a great deal of damage. They can squeeze through tiny openings to build nests in attics and chimneys, chew tree bark and destroy fruit trees, eat flower bulbs and raid bird feeders. Squirrels have sensitive noses, so homemade repellent can often be an effective solution, but be sure to use the smelly mixture consistently for at least 2 weeks.

Step 1

Chop the onion and put it in a saucepan with a cup of water. Bring the water to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes.

Step 2

Strain the onion from the water. Discard the onion and pour the water into a bucket. Add a gallon of warm water, then mix in the Tabasco sauce and soap. Stir the mixture with a large spoon.

Step 3

Pour the squirrel repellent in a large spray bottle and spray the squirrel repellent wherever the squirrels have become a problem.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 small onion
  • 1 small bottle Tabasco or hot pepper sauce
  • 1 gallon water plus 1 cup water
  • 2 tsp. Murphy's Oil Soap or mild dish soap
  • Large spoon
  • Large spray bottle


  • Wildlife Problems
  • Squirrel Repellent
  • Wildlife Information: Squirrels
Keywords: squirrel repellent, hot pepper sauce, dish soap

About this Author

M.H. Dyer is a long-time writer, editor and proofreader. She has been a contributor to the East-Oregonian Newspaper and See Jane Run magazine, and is author of a memoir, “The Tumbleweed Chronicles, a Sideways Look at Life." She holds an Master of Fine Arts from National University, San Diego.