How to Make Squirrel Repellent


Where there are trees, there are usually squirrels. And where there are squirrels, there are usually flustered homeowners. These cute, furry creatures can be a nuisance, whether they chew on plants in the garden or wreak havoc in houses by creeping through outside vents. Before you buy expensive chemical-based squirrel repellents, try making your own safe, natural repellent. The jalapeño peppers, onions, paprika and cayenne pepper you use will be sure to deter those pests.

Step 1

Pour ¼ cup of cool water into a saucepan on a stove set to medium. Chop two onions and three jalapeño peppers into small pieces using a sharp knife.

Step 2

Pour the chopped onions and jalapeños into the hot water in the saucepan. Add 1 tbsp. of paprika and 1 tbsp. of cayenne pepper to the mixture.

Step 3

Stir the mixture and bring the water to a boil. Allow the mixture to simmer for at least 15 minutes after it begins to boil.

Step 4

Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool for at least five minutes. Pour the mixture through a cheesecloth and into a large spray bottle.

Step 5

Spray the mixture near flowers, plants, trees, around vents and any other areas where squirrels are commonly found in your yard. Continue spraying once a week and any time after it rains to keep the squirrels away.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 onions
  • 3 jalapeño peppers
  • Knife
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • Cheesecloth
  • Spray bottle


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About this Author

Greg Lindberg is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in creative writing. His professional writing experience includes three years of technical writing for an agriculture IT department and a major pharmaceutical company, as well as four years as staff writer for a music and film webzine.