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How to Rid Lawn of Squirrels

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Squirrel in the backyard

Squirrels may be cute when you watch them from a distance. Unfortunately, these adorable creatures are capable of doing a lot of damage when they venture onto your lawn. They can damage your plants, eat your fruits, and even steal all the food out of your bird feeders. You don't have to stand by and allow these creatures to rule your property. You can get rid of them without causing them any harm.

Remove the bird feeders on your property or replace them with squirrel-proof bird feeders. If you cannot buy squirrel-proof bird feeders in your area, you can make the pole that leads up to the bird feeder slippery with petroleum jelly. That way the squirrels can't climb up it. If the squirrels do not have a food source, they will stop visiting your yard.

Spray fox urine around your yard to repel the squirrels. Foxes are predators of squirrels, and the smell of them will keep the squirrels away. You can purchase fox urine full strength, or in products such as Shake Away.

Deter squirrels from your yard with a homemade repellent. Squirrels hate cayenne pepper. You can sprinkle the cayenne pepper around the perimeter of your yard, or just use it near your plants.

Set up a squirrel trap to catch the squirrels. These traps can be found at your local hardware store, or they can be purchased online. Set some peanuts or apple slices in the trap as bait. When you catch a squirrel, set it free in a nearby park or wooded area.


Things You Will Need

  • Petroleum jelly
  • Fox urine
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Squirrel trap


  • Keep the lids on your trash cans. Squirrels will dig in your trash to find food.


  • It is not a good idea to use poison to kill the squirrels in your yard. The poison could easily be ingested by your pets, children or other creatures that you do not intend to harm.

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.