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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.