Squirrels can be unbelievably cute. But they can also be unbelievably crafty and persistent pests. They steal food from bird feeders, nibble on garden plants and dig holes for very little reason. They have even been known to chew their way into attics, crawl spaces and even cars to nest. But none of those are sufficient reason to poison or otherwise harm the squirrels on your property. They can easily be repelled by natural methods that are safe to use around your family and pets.
Treat your garden and other squirrel-frequented areas with commercial natural squirrel repellents. Such products use fox scent to scare squirrels away or a combination of herbs and spices to irritate squirrels' nasal passages. These products contain natural ingredients and are safe around vegetables and pets. Spread or spray them over the soil or on plants to keep squirrels from digging in the garden or nibbling on its plants.
Squirrel-proof your bird feeder. Coat any bird seed you leave out with chili powder, Tabasco sauce or cayenne pepper. The squirrels won't touch it and the birds don't mind it. Once this food supply is gone, they'll likely move to another area.
Fasten a smooth metal band around fruit and nut trees to keep squirrels out. The band should be at least 2 feet wide and 6 to 8 feet off of the ground. Cut any limbs within 6 feet of the ground. With no access to the tree, the squirrels will be forced to look elsewhere for food.
Mix your own squirrel repellent. Mix 1 oz. of Tabasco sauce in 1 gallon of water. Then spray the solution anywhere you would like to repel squirrels. Spraying on the trunk of a tree will keep squirrels from gnawing on its bark.
Spread a 2-inch layer of lava gravel over the soil of outdoor potted plants. This will keep squirrels from digging holes in it.