Keep squirrels out of your garden with quick and easy DIY repellent the pests ‘hate’

The grey squirrel, which is commonly seen in UK gardens, can damage crops and eat all bird feed left out.

Jordan Foster from Fantastic Pest Control explained: “You can keep squirrels out of gardens with humane methods, including hot peppers.

“Squirrels hate the taste and smell of peppers. Sprinkle some cayenne pepper, hot sauce or chilli powder flakes on the soil to repel squirrels.

“Alternatively, grow hot peppers – they won’t come close to them.” It may also be worth companion planting, planting a shrub or plant which squirrels detest near one they would love.

For those with smaller outdoor areas, the expert recommended making a “DIY repellent” using apple cider vinegar.

Simply combine apple cider vinegar with some peppermint oil or cayenne pepper. According to the pro, the animals will “hate” the scents.

Then, Jordan recommended simply spraying it on plants or wherever squirrels tend to linger in the garden.

The strong smell of both ingredients will be strong enough to deter squirrels completely.

As well as spraying it on plants, it can be placed on hard surfaces such as plant pots, decking and fencing.

Britons could also try using coffee grounds or peppermint as well as planting garlic and onions in the garden.

Squirrels are said to hate all of these scents and will not enter the garden if they are around the perimeter.

The pest expert said: “Daffodils, snowdrops, hyacinths, and marigolds are allium plants that keep squirrels away naturally. Avoid planting tulips and crocuses because they attract the animals.”

Another animal which many may see as a pest in the garden is foxes, which can dig up flowerbeds throughout the year.

Pros at The Expert Gate Company recommended using certain scents to deter foxes who have a superb sense of smell.


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