How to Get Rid of Squirrels in My Yard


Squirrels are known for getting into gardens and destroying plants. Squirrels also rip off bark from trees, gnaw off limbs, dig up potted plants and dig holes in the yard. Since squirrels are attracted to so many different kinds of plants and objects, it requires setting repellents all throughout your property. Squirrels have a keen sense of smell and you can use this to your advantage. The most effective squirrel repellent is nothing more than strong, spicy smells placed strategically in your yard.

Step 1

Add a tablespoon of Tabasco sauce to an empty spray bottle. Fill the bottle with water and shake it up. Spray the liquid on the base of trees, bird feeders, around small openings on the house and around gardens.

Step 2

Saturate cotton balls in peppermint oil. Space the cotton balls about 5 feet apart around the border of your garden. Do the same in any other area you notice the squirrels.

Step 3

Sprinkle crushed chili peppers in your garden, around bird feeders or any other area where squirrels are a problem.

Step 4

Rub petroleum jelly on bird feeder poles, if you have them. The petroleum jelly will prevent the squirrel from climbing up the pole.

Things You'll Need

  • Tabasco sauce
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Peppermint oil
  • Cotton balls
  • Crushed chili peppers
  • Petroleum jelly


  • Maryland Department of Natural Resouces: Living with Squirrels
  • The Dirt Doctor: Squirrels
Keywords: squirrel control, get squirrels out of yard, natural squirrel repellent

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Kenneth Coppens is a part-time freelance writer and has been for one year. He currently writes for Demand Studios, eHow, Associated Content and is the Indianapolis Craft Beer Expert for Examiner.