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How to Repel Squirrels From the Garden

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Squirrels can be a nuisance if they get in your garden.

It can be relaxing to sit back and enjoy watching squirrels as they gather nuts and play with each other. Of course, this is only fun in a public park. If the squirrels are on your property, they will find their way to your garden. Not only will squirrels rip apart your flowers in search of seeds, but they will also dig up your flower bulbs. Repel the squirrels to keep them out of your garden.

Spray fox urine around the perimeter of your garden to repel the squirrels. A fox is a natural squirrel predator. The squirrel will smell the urine and think a fox is nearby. It won't come near your garden.

Sprinkle ground chili pepper around your garden, and even in the garden. Squirrels hate the smell and taste.

Set up an ultrasonic repellent near your garden to scare away the squirrels. The device sets off a high-pitched noise whenever a squirrel walks near it.

Apply petroleum jelly to your bird feeders if squirrels are climbing them. The slippery petroleum jelly will prevent the squirrel from reaching the bird seed.


Things You Will Need

  • Fox urine
  • Ground chili pepper
  • Ultrasonic repellent
  • Petroleum jelly


  • Fox urine is available either online or at a home and garden store.


  • Poisoning squirrels is illegal in some states, so know the law before you set out any baits that contain poison.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.