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How to Make a Garden Squirrel Repellent

By Kathryn Hatter ; Updated September 21, 2017
Make a garden squirrel repellent to deter squirrels
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Gardeners who engage in an ongoing battle with garden squirrels can quickly get the upper hand over these annoying critters with homemade repellents. Squirrels avoid hot peppers because of the natural oils present in hot peppers. Using hot peppers or hot sauce in squirrel repellent spray will make an effective spray that will keep the squirrels away from garden areas. Make sure you continue to apply the repellent spray often—especially after it rains—to keep the squirrels from disturbing your prized plants.

Onion and Pepper Repellent Recipe

Chop the onion and the pepper finely with the knife. Pour the chopped vegetables into the saucepan.

Add 2 quarts of water to the saucepan.

Boil the water and vegetables for approximately 20 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the ingredients to cool to room temperature.

Pour the ingredients into the spray bottle through the metal strainer or the cheesecloth.

Spray the repellent spray liberally onto any garden area where you want to deter squirrels. Reapply the repellent spray every three days or after it rains.

Hot Sauce Repellent Recipe

Place 1 gallon of cool water into the bucket. Add the bottle of hot sauce to the water and stir the ingredients well.

Add 1 tsp. of dishwashing soap to the bucket and stir the ingredients well.

Pour the squirrel repellent into the spray bottle.

Spray the repellent spray around the areas you want to protect. Reapply the spray once or twice per week or after it rains.


Things You Will Need

  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tbsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 small bottle hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tsp. dishwashing soap
  • Cutting board
  • Utility knife
  • Saucepan
  • Metal strainer or cheesecloth
  • Spray bottles
  • Bucket

About the Author


Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.